Currently, In Heaven is a piece that will be up until February 15 th in Downtown Crossing in Boston at 545 Washington St. right between the Paramount Theater and the Old Opera house. The piece is part of Boston's Art Windows project "Street Seen", where the city takes storefronts downtown that are just sitting there empty, ready for lease or sale, or construction of a new project hasn't started yet, and gives Artist a chance to show their work for a season. I love this idea, very brightenthedull. If you are Downtown and want to see the piece, "after dark" is definitely the time to see it. During the day the sunlight reflects off the window so much that you actually can't see the piece unless you cup your hands on the window. At night though, you can see it from a block away. The birds that you see in the photos are made of wood and fly around the structure as they flap their wings. It's a peaceful outdoor scene in the middle of all the huge concrete buildings.
In terms of "Home Base", I have moved from beautiful Vermont to city of Boston, MA. I thought I was only going to have a short 2-month stay this summer in Boston and work on a Public Art project I collaborated on with my long time friend Heather, called the Busycle. The Busycle is a 15 person pedaled-powered "Bus" that we made from the chassy of a 1989 Dodge Van and a bunch of found and reused materials. The whole process involved about 40 volunteers and turned into this very labor intensive and exciting experience that lasted 5 months, and in the end I just decided to roll where the wind takes me, and ended living in Boston. You can see it at busycle.com Here is a picture of the Mayor of Boston driving us around.
At the end of February, I will be having a painting show at the Langdon St Café in Montpelier, VT. I just broke out the paints again and I am realizing it has been a while since I painted, and it is overwhelming, the amount of directions you can go in when you are starting fresh.
In terms of the big picture, the last few years I have kept myself a float through carpentry, and I am now starting to see how prominent that has been in my work. I am truly infatuated with the way different cultures address their ideas of "shelter" and making structures. I find a lot of the sketches and thoughts I am having now are about building really interesting and sustainable buildings, no matter what there use is, from family homes to guest houses, to garages, saunas, workshops, etc. The last couple of years I've worked on some interesting off the grid houses that ran off solar power, and another one was a round adobe house for this really nice Native American woman named Jane out in the sticks of northern N.Y. I am starting to look forward to the point where if the right situation happened, I would design and build something pretty wild and beautiful. We will see.
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