Outdoor Public Art - Bottles and Arches

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.