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CREATIVE AWARENESS: PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS ON UTILITARIAN SURFACES New York Water Towers- Vancouver Silos- Gloucester Streets

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SELECTION OF TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART ON EXHIBIT NOW

See just a few of many artist’s ideas through temporary public art installations on utilitarian surfaces. Different purpose, message and style.

Os Gemeos, artists and brothers, monumental silos in Vancouver.

The Water Tank Project in New York City; overtime 100 will be wrapped.

Justin Desilva’s crosswalks and James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET in Gloucester.

UPDATE: James Owen Calderwood

James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET was recognized as an example of one of MA extraordinary public spaces. This summer Calderwood has re-painted and expanded the mural, completing his award. Professional photographer Linimberg Oliveira of Medford was in downtown Gloucester August for a photo shoot on Parsons Street. He described being inspired by Gloucester: the heady mix of historic buildings and architecture juxtaposed with modern art, specifically James Calderwood’s public street mural, FISH NET. You can see more of Calderwood’s work on view at the group show Sting! 18 Landscapes: Between Tradition & Imagination, at the Beehive in Boston. Calderwood works with lines in a variety of media. His welded aluminum sculpture Star was selected for the 2014 SculptureNow. The historic estate of Edith Wharton, the Mount, in Lenox, MA, is the current site for SculptureNow exhibition of large outdoor sculpture, which continues through October 31, 2014. REMINDER: The sculpture exhibit is a quick 5 minute drive to the Berkshire Museum’s Butterfly exhibit featuring work by Gloucester’s multi-talented artist, Kim Smith. 

UPDATE: Justin Desilva

Justin lives and works North of Boston. People have asked: Yes. Portuguese background. (Desilva’s grandfather emigrated from the Azores. He immigrated to the US, eventually working for a plastic injection mold company. An Uncle was a fisherman). His creative crosswalks make vivid connections based on Gloucester and stories from the HarborWalk. This installation is temporary and in progress. One of the next crosswalks will be on Harbor Loop and another on the east end of Main Street. He’ll reverse the crosswalks when the installation closes.  For a walking tour of the crosswalks Click for Google map for Justin Desilva crosswalk locations . Justin’s art is inspired by Jane Jacobs and her book the Death and Life of Great American Cities: “I was moved by her attention to detail of human interaction, and the idea that neighborhoods and cities are safest when they’re walkable.”

Justin Desilva’s art installation, With Every Street there’s a Story, is the second of three new works of art commissioned by the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City of Gloucester for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge, with funding from the Seaport Advisory Council. Calderwood’s was the first.

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Here in Gloucester, both installations are on view during the not-to-miss 2014 Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekends (Sept 19-21 and 26-28), which overlap with the September 20 Gloucester Block Party Saturday. MEET THE ARTISTS: they’ll be in town September 20th for these events.  Stop by the block party for special coloring page activity sheets!trails

Check out Parsons Street public art on Google Earth

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Hi Joey,

Matt Coogan, Senior Planner Gloucester Community Development, suggested that we have a look at the Parsons Street Mural on Google Earth

Pretty cool! Google Earth aerial view is fairly current, showing photograph from August 2013

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Google Earth street view is not current; but it shows a “before” view from March 2008, prior to I4C2 clean up

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Street view today

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After, Block Party photo sent in by GMG FOB Frank McCall from one a block party

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The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance added updates and photos from their special 10 year celebration Smart Growth conference at ABX

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Hi Joey,

The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance added updates and photos from their special 10 year celebration Smart Growth conference at ABX. Gloucester and the HarborWalk were showcased with other special MA placemaking spaces.

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MA Smart Growth selected before/after photos by Kim Smith and Leaping, a photo by Cruz Ferreras (shows a Block Party evening, and James Owen Calderwood’s Parsons Street mural) for one of the posters in their booth.

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The official event photographer for the 2013 Smart Growth Conference during the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) was Jean Hangarter. She sent a shout out to photographer—and GMG contributor– Kathy Chapman!

Have fun exploring the range of topics in follow-up from the event http://ma-smartgrowth.org/take-action/smart-growth-conference/

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ART NEWS DOWNTOWN FROM CAT RYAN

Editor’s note: When I posted this yesterday I forgot to take my watermark off which my blogging software does automatically for me.  Al these photos were taken by Catherine Ryan-

Hi Joey

Phil Cusumano, artist/captain, and volunteer juror for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge administered by the Committee for the arts, stopped by to inspect the public art in process on Parsons Street. The artist, James Owen Calderwood, was being filmed for an interview by Lisa Smith for Cape Ann TV. Dale Brown of the Committee for the Arts was there, too.

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Jason Burroughs who is teaching with TAG is volunteering some hours yesterday and today for James’ project.

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Though difficult for painting, the off and on rain does provide opportunities for visiting. Last week there were business meetings, here with Sarah Garcia Harbor Planning Director.

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Today looking out from City Hall, peering past the high school kids cleaning, the bank, Parsons, and on to the harbor.

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James visiting the Hive.

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While there, we were privileged to witness GREAT news hot off the press and an intensity enough to match their vibrant space! TAG team members wrote and were awarded a $10,000 grant. Congratulations all!

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Pictured are David Brooks(TAG Director) Emma Johnson(Forest Foundation Intern), Alex Barrett(Forest Foundation Intern) , Satomi Nishimiya, Rachel McClenagan, Rebecca Siswick Graham (Tag Open Studio Manager), Chrid Boudrow(TAG Assistant Director) , Lauren Horne, and Greer Viau. Also Not pictured is Katie Flores (Forest Foundation Intern) not pictured. 

They were heading over to the Farmer’s Market and David promises to send in names and more information. They were also tracking down Mary Ann to share the news; she was at Maritime Gloucester with the Art Haven campers partnership week.

Next time we’ll head down Parsons over to see the permanent public art installation at Maritime Gloucester museum. The twelve foot diameter compass rose is being installed on city property where the HarborWalk crosses onto Maritime Gloucester. Two artists installing new public art downtown and connections—very exciting news.

Donna and Kathy documenting the compass rose on GMG:

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/video-compass-rose-installation-at-maritime-gloucester/

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/the-compass-rose/

Meet James Owen Calderwood one of three artists awarded a public art project

Hi Joey,

If you’re downtown, have a look at Parsons Street from either Main Street or Rogers. The Gloucester Committee for the Arts is pleased to announce that the first of 3 public art award projects has begun right there. Stop by today or over the weekend, and next week. You might see artist James Owen Calderwood at work on his 190 foot idea.

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Calderwood proposed a temporary painted abstract fishnet to extend the entire length of Parsons Street (alley way from Main Street to Rogers Street). He wrote, “This street acts as an important pedestrian link, and I am hoping to catch lots of visitors…I have been creating exterior public art for 20 years, and am interested in enriching public spaces with art that engages with the site’s history, culture and native surroundings.”

Here’s some before pictures:

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Some proposal ideas

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Action from yesterday:

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DPW was working on a multi step process to ramp and level the transition from the sidewalk to the street. A manhole casting was raised, new concrete had to dry, and then there was some paving. There are also 2 new bollard/perch seats.

There’s art on Parsons now, here fleeting:

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And substantial: sometimes there’s a peek through of artist Robert Stephenson’s transportive entrance. Fittingly his was the first signature on Jamie’s visitor sign.

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And the harbor calling in one direction; and in the other, Main Street, City Hall and Cape Ann Museum, just quick steps away.

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Many City departments are involved with any public art project.

Here’s Jamie meeting with Victoria Caldwell at City Hall.

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Jamie rented equipment from nearby Gloucester rental (air blower, rake, weed whacker, weed sprayer—vinegar Kim Smith!)

Don’t forget to stop by the library this month to see the ideas from all 15 semi finalists on exhibit.

  1. James Owen Calderwood, awarded project
  2. Justin Desilva, awarded project
  3. Bartek Konieczny, awarded project
  4. Mike McNabney & Troy Zaushny, Hard Hat Painters
  5. Anna Chirico, Joann Chirico, Dave Blakney (no photo)
  6. Frank Morbillo
  7. Angelina Marino-Heidel & Joel Heidel
  8. Tiffany Carbonneau
  9. James Sardonis
  10. Juni Van Dyke
  11. Andrew Thurlow & Andrew Doyle
  12. Lise Breen & Laura Piraino (no photo)
  13. Robert Trumbour (photo), Anthony Sanchez, Jared Steinmark, Alex Cabral
  14. Kim Smith
  15. Gary Duehr (no photo)

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