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We as artists have all used our mind and body as a vessel, working tirelessly to create some type of personal vision. A vision that has probably deprived us of sleep, having consumed our lives with this other worldly calling that we must bear. But it is also a wonderful gift, that potentially promises reward. Sadly, sometimes it can take months, years, even decades before we are truly rewarded in our careers, which is why we need the support from other fellow artists. When artists unite, it catches peoples interest. The possibilities are seemingly endless, and the things we could create together can be even bigger, more rewarding and beautiful than anything we could dream of accomplishing on our own. Living in a community that happily supports the arts, we shouldn’t think twice about reaching out to the community in turn.
At our first meet up, one or two members had mentioned a sort of sporadic, abandoned space art exhibit they had heard about, where organizers planned an event in an abandoned building, which brought attention to a seemingly neglected part of the city. I was inspired by the authenticity of the event, and thought it was quite compelling, yet fitting to host this in a more controversial setting.
This whole concept inspired me to start thinking BIG! Together, we can make a positive impact on the community, and enlighten locals and passerby’s alike to surrender to their more creative intuition like we artists do on a regular basis, through engagement. Ultimately giving back to the Community while fostering an interest in contemporary art. The key is collaboration.
I believe our efforts would be well received, and it excites me to collaborate with other artists and the community to do something similar in nature, and maybe even help promote some local organizations & businesses while we are at it.
Here are a few concepts/mediums I’ve thought of, although there are many more I’d like to explore
(while avoiding any ideas that are cliche)
- Boating materials like ropes, hooks, oars, etc.
- Historic Dunedin
- Oranges, palm trees, palm fronds
- Using/incorporating palm trees to mount art
- For more inspiration please view this website, which is where I initially got inspired for these types of projects.
Please send your input and ideas!