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AN ARCHIVE OF MY OLDER WORK - AN EXHIBITION SPACE FOR ORIGINAL AND ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF MANIPULATED WORKS THAT APPEAR AT MICKMATHERSARTBLOG - A PARKING PLACE FOR SELECTED GRAPHICS USED IN OTHER BLOG SIDEBARS - AN ARTWORK IN AND OF ITSELF

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In its short-sightedness, blogger has turned its back on those of us stuck with old operating systems and I'm forced to find a new blog host. You will now find MickMathersARTblog at Blog.com - use the direct link found in the masthead and remember to update your bookmarks. This place will continue as another archive for a large body of my work. As many of you know, my primary medium and working method is digital collage composed of manipulated photographs often combined with digital drawing & generative images. Netlabels, bands and musicians can view samples of my CD Cover Art at Mick Mather Illustration located on Tumblr. In another life I was an Arts & Culture consultant specializing in revitalization planning through creative public art projects and programs with Economic & Community Development Departments of towns, villages and cities. In these hard financial times this work is more important than ever and I still accept consultancy inquiries. You can contact me by email at: mickmather@yahoo.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Two Hour Parking -

"Pub Dart"
The Totem Project
public sculpture - wood, metal and coated wire by Mick Mather & Rick Destito
In 2002 I began a journey into the realm of Public Art. In my home town, Syracuse, New York, I saw that the City was replacing parking meters with parking meter pay stations, leaving hundreds of headless parking meter posts behind. What to do with these? My idea was to sleeve public sculptures over the old posts - using them as a foundation for installation. To that end I began applying for funding and formed partnerships with The City of Syracuse Department of Community Development within the Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today (TNT) Program, The Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse & Onondaga County, 40 Below Public Arts Task Force, The Downtown Committee and The Armory Square Association. To give the early cross-eyed looks and skewed glances a better idea of what I meant, my own design for a sculpture, the Pub Dart seen here, was passed around the table. 4 years later, this project is finally being installed with 16 artists siting 16 different sculptures in 16 different places in Downtown Syracuse, New York. Can you say road trip? I knew that you could!

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3 Comments:

Blogger *ItkUpiLLi* said...

WOW!!! The whole project sounds very cool, but this Dart is really fantastic idea, so dynamic, really a hit to ground. I can still sense the power of the throw, it’s a fascinating combination of stability and motion…have I ever told you that you’re a genius?

1:28 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Itkupilli:
Again and again and again I say, you do make me blush. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment ... and, yes, you have told me before. If you keep telling me, I might actually begin to believe it myself. :D

4:56 AM  
Blogger Lucky Dip Lisa said...

WOW! Your idea rocks and I am so glad you got to see it completed. I really admire that. Are there more photos?

2:04 AM  

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