Photo Collage + Sculpture = Public Art
My project is part of a public art initiative in Nebraska City, Nebraska called An Enchanted Arboretum. My design, The Never-Ending Wood, is one of 21 artist-designed 6-foot-tall sculptural trees that will make up the project. I'm a Minneapolis photographer and the only artist outside of Nebraska selected for the project.
This project is a big step in my artistic development. It's a creative departure and a new way of working for me in terms of using my photographs to create layered collage compositions, taking my photos off the wall and applying them to a large-scale three-dimensional sculpture, and participating in my first public art project.
The night I created this series of images, it was one of those amazing moments you hear about (and always hope to experience) where the creative spirit just took over and all these ideas I had about the symbolic significance of the tree found expression in the design.
Here's a little more description from my proposal:
My design is based in these ideas of the tree as both omnipresent and ever-changing. The title of the piece, “The Never-Ending Wood” stems from this interest in the relationship between the tree, the passage of time, and the world all around. The tree serves as connector between spheres - earth, air, and water - and provides continuity across time. It is a symbol of the cyclical nature of life as it embodies the seasons and transforms energy from one form to the next.
If you'd like to learn more about the inspiration behind the design, please check out my website where I've included a link to the project statement.
When I found out my design was chosen, I was both excited and overwhelmed with the prospect of actually making this thing! While there are logistical details that I've worked out and the challenge of successfully wrangling these huge images onto the sculpture still lies ahead, the main obstacle has been the cost of implementing my design.
I am launching this campaign to try to raise money to cover the $700 printing costs for the project. If I am able to raise more than my goal, it will help to cover additional costs including materials, application and shipping fees, and renting a trailer to deliver the finished tree to Nebraska City.
My stretch goal - if I raise enough extra money - is to produce four large-scale prints (canvas or metal?) of the four images for exhibition. And maybe pay the artist, too.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my project. Please visit my blog to see more of my work and follow future projects.
Thanks to the whole project team behind An Enchanted Arboretum, project coordinator Liz Shea-McCoy, Tom Farrell, and Icon Poly owners Kyle and Daniele Vohland for giving me the opportunity to be part of this project and for their enthusiasm and support.
(*Note: The project board provided each artist $500 and they generously provided additional support by shipping the tree to Minneapolis, however, my total project costs will exceed $1200.)
Rewards feature images from the original design cycle. Choose a single image or the full series. Prints are special edition archival inkjet on cotton rag paper, signed by me. All prints are produced in Minneapolis, either in my studio or by West Photo. For reward offering a single image, you can choose which one you'd like.
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Risks and challenges
Many of the big challenges of this project are things I've already figured out. The first was transportation - getting a big sculpture from Nebraska to Minneapolis and back again is no small feat. The project board generously supported my request to ship the sculpture to Minneapolis. In early April, we'll rent a U-Haul trailer and deliver the tree back to Nebraska City.
The other big challenge has been figuring out the best way to execute the design. I've been consulting with a variety of commercial printers as well as Kyle & Daniele from Icon Poly (the manufacturers of the tree). I think we've got the logistics worked out now. All that remains is for me to successfully apply the images to the tree. I anticipate some amount of trial and error and perhaps a bit of cursing but I'm confident that it will come together.
Of course, the other main challenge is paying for it all...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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