Anderson Mill Public Art: LOTS of Updates!
This project is well underway! I’ve been working at lightening speed and am happy to have a bit of time in the new year to update everyone on the progress of “Community Seed Pods” for the Anderson Mill community.
Final mock-up rendering of what the art installation will look like. The 5 seed pods will be covered in colorful glass mosaic. With the steel poles, they will rise up about 10-12 feet! A xeriscape garden will be planted around the artwork: planted and maintained by the artist and community members.
The artwork will be located at the corner of Anderson Mill and Olson Dr. If all goes as planned, I expect that it will be installed in the spring of 2023.
Fabrication of the sculptural elements took place in late summer by the truly awesome folks at Flatfork Studio! They were carved from styrofoam, then reinforced and coated with a thick layer of concrete. Each one weighs about 300 pounds!!
Transporting them and moving them is quite the challenge, but you’ll be interested to know that the okra will fit in the back of a Prius!
Community engagement is a big part of this process, and the part I love best!
One of the first events scheduled were "seed making" workshops at Helios Fused Glass Studio (in the neighborhood)!
Nearly 100 people came out to create small fused glass "seeds" that will be used in the finished artwork.
Each person created unique individual pieces according to a predetermined palette.
These round seeds will become part of the permanent public art piece for all to enjoy!
Everyone had a great time and enjoyed learning a new way to create art. Participants were able to create one extra round to take home as a souvenir.
For those of you who missed out on this activity, and still want to participate, there will be other opportunities!
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 4, 2023
"Mosaic your own Stepping Stone" free workshop at the Anderson Mill Community Center on El Salido.
Stay tuned to the blog for more details about the workshop. It will be a drop-in event. The whole family is welcome to come learn how to create mosaic stepping stones to take home and enjoy!
Other hands-on activities include:
-visiting my home studio to check out the creative process and progress (by appointment only) and sometimes being able to lend a hand.
-helping with the xeriscape garden planting and maintenance. I am partnering with Texas Master Gardeners, and will form a "friends of the art" team to help keep the garden area looking good.
If you're interested in finding out more about these opportunities, send me an email at email@example.com and ask to be included in my mailing list.
These pods are enormous!! Stay tuned as I begin to cover them with colorful glass mosaic!