“Florida Grown:” when I heard the exhibition title, I did not think my manhole art theme could fit in. When Googling Florida Grown, so much came up about oranges and Florida Citrus, that I knew I had to add oranges to my water cover creation. Also needed would be light (sun), water (raindrops), soil and seeds.
For “Sunlight” I installed a fluorescent bulb and began testing colors on my foam form.
Four pieces of an empty orange crate worked well for the sides. Number five crate end was cut in half and reversed for the top and bottom.
Fresh oranges from the market place were my guide for carving. Next the styrofoam balls had to be “Frosted” with Smooth Finish paintable coating.
I added the stem bits from real oranges and began saving citrus seeds.
What to use for seed holders? I ordered test tubes, but they did not work… too long. You will never believe what functioned as seed holders! Al took apart the components from two spring loaded toilet tissue rollers. Ah the depths one will traverse for “Manhole Art!”
A quick paper cut out helped me in planning the lighting pattern. Yes, Artists do use Mathematics. The protractor was used to divide the degrees for openings to let the light shine through the Water Covers.
Japanese Ink float Paper was perfect for the back of the water cover. A few coats of gloss medium made the paper translucent. Glass Raindrops replaced the foam drops,appearing more authentic for water drops.
To be continued…