Outdoor art installation to benefit Habitat for Humanity, featuring nests of natural and recycled materials along the Potomac River.
12 Nest Themed Installations by DC-area artists and art groups
The Torpedo Factory Art Center's Target Gallery is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, and bringing 12 outdoor installations of artist-made nests created by DC-area arts groups. These Nests will be installed on April 9th and 10th along the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria through Sunday, May 15, 2011.
All nests will be composed primarily of natural, renewable resources like leaves, twigs and driftwood, as well as recycled or repurposed materials. Nest sites will include docks, decks, tree stumps, outcroppings of rock, and selected trees. Our goal is to inspire people to look more closely at their own habitat. We also aim to highlight Habitat for Humanity's goal to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by building adequate and basic housing.
Free maps will guide visitors on a nest spotting walking tour, along the waterfront, through a park, into the Torpedo Factory and ending at Target Gallery, where the exhibition Nest can be seen.
Nest Installation artist, Michael Winger from ArtDC
What Does Home Mean to You? The public will be invited to participate in the building of a large community nest installed on the main floor of the Torpedo Factory, right outside the Target Gallery. We will provide long strips of paper for the public to answer the question “What does home mean to you?” They will then be invited to weave their paper into the nest structure. The strips of paper will be for sale for $1 with all proceeds going to benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.
We Need Your Help! Funds raised through Kickstarter will help defray artists' costs and time for their installations, lighting to make the installations visible at night, and temporary public signage for the waterfront tour.
Our Nest Builders - Participating Art Groups
- Torpedo Factory Artists' Association
- The Art League featuring the work of Nick Xhiku & Carlos Beltran Baldiviezo
- artdc: featuring the artwork of Michael Winger
- Art Whino: featuring the artwork of James Walker
- flux studios featuring the artwork of Novie Turmp, Jessica Beels, and Laurel Lukaszewski
- Hamiltonian Artists
- Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center featuring the work of Sabeth Jackson and Gretchen Schermerhorn
- Washington Alexandria Architecture Center featuring Virginia Tech's Master of Landscape Architecture Graduate Students led by Laurel McSherry, program director
- microWave project featuring the artwork of Pam Rogers
- Art Outlet featuring the work of Roy Utley & Heather Schmaedeke
- Albus Cavus featuring Rosina Teri Memelo
$25 or more: Limited-Edition, postcard size Nest themed print on recycled materials, created by Mary Cook, Target Gallery Director. These tiny beauties will be printed on recycled papers made by artists from Pyramid Atlantic!
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Artists’ conceptual sketch of outdoor installations
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Studio Day: learn to paint or get a professional critique of your work with artist and Art League teacher Marsha Staiger at her Torpedo Factory studio
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Potomac River kayak tour of each outdoor nest installation with Torpedo Factory artist Alison Sigethy
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Community-made Nest Sculpture, with sculptural elements by Torpedo Factory artists. The sculpture will be installed in the main hall of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where visitors will be asked to write "What Home Means To Me" on strips of paper, which will be woven into the structure to create a large nest.