About this project
Fictitious Force is an installation composed of a group of cast concrete tiles planted into the ground in the pattern of a braided rug.
I am raising funds to install the piece in Brooklyn, NY, in partnership with NYC Parks & Recreation.
I am proud to be a 2015 recipient of a Community Arts Fund Grant from Brooklyn Arts Council. I received the CAF grant specifically to support the production costs for this project.
The CAF grant is extremely helpful as partial support for production costs, but will not cover the total costs of this extensive project, hence this appeal to artists, friends, and community members for additional help in funding!
Fictitious Force was first installed at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT from July through October, 2014. In Stowe, I realized this piece outdoors, planted alongside the town recreation path.
For this installation, I cast approximately 400 trapezoidal concrete bricks, then dyed and sealed them to achieve the watercolor-like surface of the brick.
In Stowe, five strong capable individuals (Angela Conant, Hillarey Dees, Alice Newman, Rachel Ostrow, and myself) dug and planted the work over two long days.
I am now in the process of casting 400 more bricks for the site in Brooklyn. Each brick measures 4” x 8” x 2” and weighs 1-2 pounds. Fictitious Force will grow to be 40 feet in diameter, almost double its current size.
We will rototill the area of grass and soil to prepare for planting, place each of the 800 bricks, plant ground cover around the bricks as mortar, and erect a snow fence barrier to protect the newly planted area so the ground cover may be established.
Kickstarter support raised this month, coupled with the BAC Community Arts Fund grant, will go toward these costs:
Fabrication and installation crew: three undergraduate art students from Bard College have offered to help me, and I seek to compensate them for any time and labor spent on this project.
Cast concrete: white Portland cement, white sand, white gravel, winterstone, water-based dyes, concrete sealer.
Tools for fabrication: sanding blocks, trowels, styrofoam molds, mixing troughs.
Tools for installation and maintenance: spades, mallets and shovels.
Transportation of the work to the site by truck.
Fictitious Force will be installed at the Old Stone House & Washington Park in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Third Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.
This is a 3-acre area of land that was the site of the Battle of Brooklyn in August, 1776 during the American Revolutionary War.
The sculpture will be planted in the grassy area encircled by a walking path between the Old Stone House and the playground.
The site is particularly suited as a location for the work. The piece is composed of concentric circles resembling a hooked or braided rug. While the work is meditative, still, and planted in the ground, the circular movement and speed of foot, bicycle and car traffic around the site, and the energy of people the park attracts, reflects the pattern and torque within the piece.
This site is wheelchair accessible.
The target audience for the installation of Fictitious Force is the visiting population to the Old Stone House & Washington Park, as well as the playground, playing fields and basketball courts. The location is visited by more than 3,000 people every day, and is flooded with the energy of young children.
The brick for Fictitious Force will be planted immediately after the ground thaws in early spring (April). The installation date will be determined by myself in cooperation with NYC Parks & Recreation, and arranged with the Old Stone House & Washington Park.
Prior to installation, I will produce and finish (dye and seal) each of the cast tiles in my studio. Production has begun and will last four weeks. Transport of the tiles to the site will happen a few days prior to installation.
The installation will be organized as a work party of 5-10 people planting the piece together over two consecutive days.
An opening event celebrating the sculpture installation will take place in early summer 2015, and every supporter of this project will be invited to join the event!
A fictitious force, in physics, is an apparent force; it is not due to one object or another accelerating, but instead the natural frame of reference itself is accelerating (a car makes turns and the passenger in a car ‘moves’ side to side) or rotating (the earth rotates and ocean currents ‘move’ directionally).
Fictitious Force is intended to be trod upon like paving stones. The elliptical formation of the cast, tiled rug encircles the foreground view of the surrounding landscape.
The rug is a household object I employ in my artwork especially for its concentric, circular, centrifugal pattern. I began working with the rug as an object in an interior—in drawings, I located the rug on floorboards, or among other objects in a room. I've made several rugs that hang on the wall as large, flat, collaged paper objects. In sectioning the rug into discrete trapezoidal shapes, the rug becomes a drawing with concrete, planted in the earth.
More images of my work can be found here: www.bekagoedde.com.
THANK YOU for your interest and support!
This project is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Risks and challenges
Producing a work at this scale of my own design in public space in Brooklyn, NY will be a major achievement.
I am entirely confident I can physically and logistically produce the piece; especially as I have already produced the work and installed it within the last year relying solely on my own funds.
I am also fairly certain that I could find an opportunity to realize this work on a smaller scale, in a quiet setting, somewhere outside of New York City. However, it is the centripetal movement and pull of the urban landscape surrounding the site—the compression and turning motion—that draws me to this location specifically.
With your support, I will be able to realize this work at full scale, at this site, in Brooklyn, NY!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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