Articulture is leading a new community sculpture project, which is designed to be a gateway piece to the neighborhood. It will be located on the west side of Fire Station #7 on Franklin Avenue.
The sculpture’s working title is “What is Home and Community?” and will be a small house covered by mosaic art work.
In 2011, Articulture received a $9,500 grant, in partnership with the Seward Neighborhood Group and Redesign, for this sculpture project. They received an additional $5,000 this spring from an anonymous donor. Now they have turned to Kickstarter to fund the remaining $9,000 that will be used to install the metal armature and base and pay the teens as working artists.
The lead artist will be Connie Cohen, who studied mosaics in Italy and has worked in this medium for 10 years. The project also hopes to employ a team of youth.
The Articulture website explains, “The project gives teens an opportunity to participate in something truly unique while gaining important life skills through a memorable experience. The outcome for them is something tangible and long-lasting that will be a great source of pride. What we at ArtiCulture find rewarding is how the teens bond over time in ways that go beyond the project; that they start understanding how all the parts of their labor fit together in the process of completing the creative project; and that they start to personally feel how their participation becomes part of something bigger than its individual parts.”
This is Articulture’s third public art piece. Previous projects were the 2011 Seward Market community mural in response to the 2010 shooting at the market and a youth mural in 2009.
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