Posts Tagged ‘public art’

Felicia Fiona Fox

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single kit 02_400px Arlington Public Art commissioned me to make a family of foxes for Spy Pond Park as part of the 2016 Fox Festival. The fox is a mascot for the neighborhood of East Arlington and the East Arlington Library, and there are still some wild foxes in Arlington thanks to habitat provided by Spy Pond and other green spaces.

Because of the value East Arlington places on stewarding the environment, it was important to us that we create the fox family out of reclaimed materials. Used and discarded vinyl advertising banners were pieced together like a quilt, then sewn around a core of reused plastic signs. Most of the materials were provided by local Arlington business owner Jan Whitted of ArtBeat Creativity Store. Arlington Public High School student Reese Green helped extensively with the patterning, piecing, and installing of the foxes.

Felicia Fiona Fox was created by a join effort of civic groups, business owners, residents and students coming together to support an art installation for the neighborhood.

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Tiny Tall Ships Festival

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Tiny Tall Ship Hibiscus Print Tiny Tall Ships to Color and Build — a community art project
Union Square, Somerville
Sat., May 14, 2016

festival created and directed by Greg Cook, sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council

Yesterday I had a great time with a project I brought to the Tiny Tall Ships Festival! Visitors of all ages stopped by to color the model pieces for a miniature ship they could then build and take home. I created the design based (loosely) on Galeón Andalucía, a 16th-17th century galleon, which sails from Sevilla, Spain to Tall Ships Festivals around the world.

The Somerville Arts Council sponsored the cost of laser cutting dozens of pieces from illustration board. Kids and adults colored with pencils, markers, stickers, and washi-tape. It was wonderful seeing all the wild and colorful creations.

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coloring and creating at the festival

This Is A Long Distance Call

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enamel on steel, powder-coated steel silhouette, enamel on plexiglass (pre-existing light window panels)
24″h x 20.25″w x 10.25″d

photo credit: Mary Miratrix

The City of Somerville in conjunction with The Nave gallery launched their Phone Art Box program in 2013 as an on-going public art project to re-purpose and transform derelict, empty pay-phone shells. There is no theme specified for this project but recommended concepts to consider included: telecommunication, change, specific neighborhoods, nearby businesses or geography, 21st century, transformation.

The project referenced correlations and connections between contemporary ranching in the Midwest with historic Somerville cattle industry, with an additional wink to the city coming through sneakers tossed over the power lines. The phone lines across the countryside play the role of Ariadne’s thread, connecting intertwined and separate worlds.