Sunday, November 7, 2010

Trash or Treasure?

  Landfill Art Project...

This has made recycling a lot of fun... 

  • I'm one of the artists selected to be involved in the Landfill Art Project: a world-wide art collection that involves 1041 artists worldwide making art from rusted garbage....In this case - hub caps

I was contacted by Ken Marques over a year ago with a very interesting proposition. He's the director of this global project that is being done in Pennesylvania, and after taking with him a few times, I whole heartedly agreed to be a part of this effort. I was his only artist from Mississippi at the time - still may be -not sure-and he loved the idea that I relate a "Mississippi blues" history in my painting.

Delta Blues Highway 61 © Dot Courson.
(Go to the site to see this larger.) 

I finally got my hub cap painted just a few weeks ago, and turned in to him after I rejected the one he first sent me to paint- I wanted something smoother! The first hubcap had weird ridges! I told him to give it to "someone more creative than me", and apparently- form the looks of the site- he did! The other works are delightful to see! But I just had to stay true to who I am as a painter.

  • The finished piece is a delta painting - called, Mississippi Delta Blues Highway 61 . A landmark.

The project is in phases, and now and as the artists finish the work the website will have new additions over time. 

  • It now involves artists from over 40 countries.
  • The third phase of this will involve publishing a book on the project showcasing all one thousand forty one (1,041) completed “metal canvases.”
  •  The final phase will be a traveling show with 200 select pieces in it. 

Wish me luck on that tour...but I doubt my work will be there: this is a "world class" collection of outstanding sculputre and paintings! 
Hope you check this site out online! It's truly unique -creative... and fun!