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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 - 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:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

From the BIG back yard -

"West to East - Original Photograph"
digital photograph by Mick Mather
Here's another original photograph taken in the BIG back yard after a fog bank had worked it's magic on the flora and fauna. I wonder, are spiders, more at - spider webs, fauna? Anyway, the manipulated version of this photo can be seen here at MICKMATHERSARTBLOG.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Land Art Project -

"Sky Box I - Collapsed"
land art sculpture by Mick Mather
As mentioned, I was fairly certain that the wind would take this piece apart sooner than later and that's exactly what happened. Even as I believe that wind damage is a certainty, my instinct tells me that some bird quite likely attempted to take a look, perhaps even shelter, in Sky Box I. Also, as mentioned, Sky Box II is in the planning stages while this documentation continues.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Land Art Project -

"Sky Box I, Plate 4"
land art sculpture by Mick Mather
While perfect weather was available I went ahead with construction using the foundation shown and documented yesterday. Just as I thought I might, I moved to larger twigs and branches to create this shoulder high, 1-foot square box. With the extra weight, it began to tilt, one corner came undone and more tying, using long grass, was necessary. A twig, as a support between said corner and a lower branch of the huckleberry bush, was also added. It's relatively stable and decidedly complete, but I do expect that the first strong wind will take it apart and that's okay. I actually prefer the original plan, to build Sky Box with wild grain stalks, and I may harvest a basket full before the snow flies and work on a proper weaving of Sky Box II that can be carried out and installed on any fair day that arrives thereafter. I'll be posting other views of Sky Box I at MICKMATHERSARTBLOG as time goes by ... also, some digital studies and manipulations of the original sketch - like this one - will be posted there from time to time. Enjoy.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Land Art Project -

"Sky Box Test I"
land art sculpture by Mick Mather
I began testing the construction of my next land art project, Sky Box, today. It will be placed in a Huckleberry Bush no more than a good spit away from Kings Court Cube. This foundation has been created from the straw-like stalks of wild grain amid just enough wind for me to realize that securing the base is going to be a requirement that will still leave a proper weaving technique severely tested once the winds of November begin to pick up. Too, as I compare this little box with the larger cube, I can see that the scale of these stalks would be nice to have but less than likely to accomplish before the snow flies. So, larger twigs and such may be used when I begin again ... wait for it. :)

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Land Art Project -

"Kings Court Cube - Aerial Site View"
Live Search Maps, Birds Eye Satellite View
It occurred to me the other day that I ought to have some finality to this series of posts that document the Kings Court Cube land art sculpture project. As promised, I posted a completed documentation photograph at MICKMATHERSARTBLOG so drop in over there and have a peek if you haven't already. This little bit of documentation in the form of a birds eye view, courtesy of my favorite satellite view site, Live Search Maps, is a little bonus that I'd forgotten about. Well, it doesn't really show the work, just the site until these coordinates are updated.

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