Outdoor

Gaze-bo(ught), 2016

For the 2016 ArtPrize, I am building a sculpture titled Gaze-bo(ught) to be installed at Lyon Square in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

This sculpture is a gazebo in a gazebo in a gazebo.  Each gazebo form is shaped like a gem and painted a saturated pink.  The roof is made of pink resin panels that become a rose colored lens.  When underneath, one is then bathed in pink light.The interior of the sculpture and surrounding ground is covered in thick artificial grass, which is always the perfect green and never needs to be mowed.

 

Bottle Shock, 2010
Installed at the Forecastle music festival, Louisville, Kentucky
Community collected plastic bottles, Monofilament, Cable ties, Wire fencing, Steel, and Artificial grass

Forecastle organizers have commissioned three artists to create pieces for Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky.  “The goal of Forecastle is to establish a cultural entertainment medium ~ Music.Art.Activism® ~ equally showcased in a scenic, outdoor environment. Merging entertainment with education, Forecastle unites the creative and activism communities of the Midwest, while building a new festival model in the United States.”

For Forecastle, plastic bottles from individuals, local corporations, University of Louisville, and Hanover College were collectedto create a large-scale sculpture.  The piece arched over viewers as they walked along one of the main sidewalks on the Great Lawn of Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville. Entitled Bottle Shock, the sculpture engaged festival goers in a conversation about plastic and consumption.

Elizabeth Kramer, Forecastle Fest Announces Artists to Create New Works, National Public Radio WFPL, Louisville, Kentucky, February 18, 2010, 4:00 pm. 

Canopies: Groin Vaults and Chain-link Fencing, 2011
Installed at YouthBuild in Louisville, Kentucky
Galvanized steel, chain-link fencing, concrete, and hardware

Commissioned by the Louisville Visual Arts Association (LVAA) for the site of the YouthBuild program in Louisville, a new outdoor sculpture was created and installed in 2011.  This project was jointly funded by the Norton Foundation, LVAA, YouthBuild, and Hanover College.

YouthBuild is a national community development and education program that addresses issues facing low-income communities.  This permanent addition to the Louisville YouthBuild program utilizes a material known for dividing and separating: chain-link fencing.  By incorporating the chain-link into the ceilings of groin vaults, the fencing gains a new purpose by providing the structure for vertical raised gardens and shady canopies during the summer.  

Brew History: All Bottled Up, 2010
installed for the  New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project, New Albany, Indiana
Community collected beer bottles, labels, steel, wood, Plexiglas, fiberglass, Styrofoam, paint, motion sensors, solar powered lights, and hardware

The New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project was a multi-year outdoor exhibition of outdoor sculptures that will interpret New Albany’s rich history and heritage. This originated from a partnership between the Carnegie Center for Art and History and the New Albany Urban Enterprise Association.  Beginning in the spring of 2010, five temporary sculptures were installed in highly visible locations in the downtown historic district. Each subsequent year, new sculptures were selected and unveiled, culminating in 2013 with New Albany’s Bicentennial Commemoration. 

My sculpture for the Bicentennial Public Art Project, Brew History: All Bottled Up, focused on the history of taverns and breweries in New Albany dates back to 1830 with stories of homespun attitudes and community support.  In recognition of this beer chronicle, the primary material in this sculpture is locally collected, used beer bottles.  Furthermore, influenced by several sources such as the Lite-Brite toy, the song “99 Bottles of Beer,” and Tom Marioni’s social sculpture from 1970 titled The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art, in Brew History: All Bottled Up, I combined dissimilar, pop-culture materials and forms while playfully linking past and present.

Brew History: All Bottled Up, was included in a book titled Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass, by Cindy Ann Coldiron, Schiffer Publishing, October 2011.

Migration Station, 2010
Installed at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY
PVC pipe, artificial flowers, wood, plexiglass, steel, concrete, and hardware

Model Homes and Habitats, a contemporary art exhibit focused on wildlife welfare, featuring regional and national contemporary artist designed birdhouses.  A White Noise Project, this group exhibition of Model Homes and Habitats provided a genuine look at how we might better integrate and coexist with animals in the community around us.  

For Migration Station, I combined artificial roses, leaves, and grass with sewer pipes to make a luxury high-rise that points to nature like a road sign while only offering potential tenets an isolated, plastic habitat.

Forces of Nature: Hurricanes and Slinkys, 2007
Installed at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky
Steel, irrigation tubing, cable ties, paint, and artificial grass

This outdoor version of forces of nature: hurricanes and slinkys, was designed for in the Live, Learn, Believe outdoor exhibition, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky.  Inspired by diagrams of hurricane development and the “wonderful toy” the slinky, the inexpensive Slinky seems so simple, but the physics of the spring and theories of Hooke’s law visualize the limits of stress that can be endured before it cannot be corrected when the stress is removed. This outdoor sculpture combines these two visuals with a peaceful, but artificial, grassy eye of the storm.

Islands, Yards, Worlds, 2004
Installed at the Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, Minnesota
Wood, concrete, paint, plastic, and audio

Designed in response to the game of tennis and the beginning of the war in Iraq, this sculpture focuses on the boundaries and divisions between two identical sides.  Each fence in this sculpture was sixty-feet long.  Starting at six-feet high, the top level of the fence remained horizontal while bottom was cut to fit the hill.  The result was a bridge that as one ascended the fence shortened allowing one to see the other sides of the fence.  At the center was a concrete table with a game of checkers in play; however, this checkers game has all grey game pieces making it difficult to know who is winning.  Lastly, while at the table, an audio can be heard from the fences playing the sound of a tennis match as the ball bounces back and forth over the net.