Halsey Public Art Project: the start
Wednesday morning I traveled south to Halsey City Hall for a meeting with the Coffee and Donuts group. That morning the group was there to put forth ideas of “what makes Halsey unique, what is the town known for and how can two artists capture these ideas into 3D wall sculptures.” There are now two of us creating work, myself and Portland artist Bonnie Meltzer. We will both hang on a warehouse exterior wall owned by DLF International Seed. After the first meeting, Hester and I went to talk with the VP of Operations at DLF. What an accommodating office! It will be a pleasure to work with this company. Halsey is the USA base for DLF, while corporate headquarters are located in Denmark (or something along those lines). Halsey is the largest seed producer in the world! Along with seed production, other forms of agriculture are quite abundant around town. The logging industry plus paper/wood pulp mill round out the economic base.
The wall looks like this:
I also took an interior shot to note the spacing and board width for attachment.
The overall length of the building is about 100 ft. Full wall height is 15 ft. I’ll not go past 11 ft since the upper section is fiberglass that allows light into the warehouse. The exterior is corrugated aluminum and is riveted ever 1.5 ft from the ground level up. This is all important information for designing and mounting the work in mid-September. Yes, only 3 months to design, fabricate, paint, and mount! What a challenge!
Today, I ordered a good scroll saw plus stand to make fabrication easy. That should arrive next week. It’s one of those tools I’ve always wanted to purchase but never had a good enough excuse. Now is that time! I also spent time cleaning up space in the office for actual design work. It’s amazing how cluttered the drafting table becomes. A flat surface never stays uncovered for long! Next step will be to figure out silhouette size and how many will be created for my section and ultimately how much material to purchase.
So that’s the start of the wall project. Keep watching for updates of progress as we move through the months until deadline. This will be a very full summer of art!
Art in Rural Communities is a program through The Arts Center of Corvallis, OR.