Thursday, June 17, 2010

Green Monochrome

CEO of 3rd Federal Bank, Kent Lufkin, and Mayor Michael Nutter at the ground breaking for the Woodhaven branch

I am pleased to announce that SSEWARD has been commissioned by 3rd Federal Bank to make a green monochrome. The piece will go in their new branch in Woodhaven, which represents the bank’s first effort towards LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

We are still working out the timeline for this project. Though it looks like we're shooting for a September unveiling. I'd like to get started in the next couple weeks. Artists are suggesting wine bottles and other green glass. I spoke with mosaic artist and muralist, Emilie Ledieu, who just returned from making a large-scale public mural in France. She had some good suggestions for the piece. Other artists are also suggesting making it hydroponic and having the green monochrome function as an oxygen emitting plant. I am on the lookout for glass workers who might be able to help incorporate an irrigation system for the piece.

I am really excited about this project and look forward to working with all of you!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Orange Monochrome
90" diameter
Mixed Media

I'd like to thank everyone who participated. Over 40 people worked on the orange monochrome directly. Several more played a crucial role in its realization. Building this piece has been very rewarding. It's evolved into a symbol of community. I'm excited for the unveiling and installation at Hyperion Bank, which will take place August 12th.

It weighs around 100 pounds. I'm working with metal worker and kinetic sculptor, Jim Garvey, on building a mount. We're welding an axel that will attach to the hub of the original substrate, a bike wheel, which will allow the piece to spin!