I already had planned to submit art for Orlando Museum of Arts’ First Thursday Exhibition on May 1st. My “Florida Storm Sewer” sculpture relief definitely fit the chosen theme: “INSIDE/OUT!”
It features a simulated 24″ diameter manhole cover for the upper sidewalk level which protrudes six inches from the wall. The lower street level hugs the wall with the environmental message “DO NOT POLLUTE” stenciled on the simulated black asphalt. Peering down from the top, one can view INSIDE to observe the drain below.
“INSIDE 52GA-R” 26″ 15″ x 6″ with mud, roots and stones
As for the other two pieces, the inspiration came in the strangest forms. After my husband Al finished installing two Hampton Bay Fans in the Lanai, he asked if I could use the foam inserts from the empty boxes. He thought I would cut them up and use them for packing artwork.
But I immediately envisioned the underside of a utility cover viewed from underground. The first foam support evolved into”Inside 52GA-R” taken from the box number. One can view INSIDE the underground cover and feel the presence of a freshly dug mud hole with exposed roots and stones. “Inside 52GA-R” was perfect for my second entry to OMA’s theme “INSIDE/OUT.”
Post Script: “Inside 52GA-R” was awarded Best of Show in this exhibit. “Inside and Out” I was so pleased to receive the honor. It was a very special experience creating this piece, almost like I was guided by divine intervention. Here is a link to The “Grate News:” https://bobbimastrangelo.com/MyNews/?p=4112
“VICTORIAN ILLUMINATED COVER”
27″ x 16″ x 6″ Mixed Media Relief with hand-blown glass inserts, foam core, stones, mud, gravel and & interior lighting.
The OUTSIDE of the second fan box would be adapted into what could be called a “Skylight Chimney Cover.” During the Victorian Era there were underground storage areas for all kinds of resources especially coal shutes. But electricity had not yet been invented to light the underground. Some of the utility covers were embedded with round pieces of glass to allow OUTSIDE light to shine INSIDE below the sidewalk level.
This piece is back lit. The hidden string of lights secured in the back can be switched on to illuminate the glass. It is hard to imagine all the stages of creating this piece (watch for a future post). “Victorian Illuminated Cover” was a perfect 3rd entry for “INSIDE/OUT.”
I finished the Victorian piece so close to the deadline that I had to pay the huge Fed Ex Weekend Fee to overnight my photos, application and entry fee. I AWAITED THE RESULTS! EUPHORIA! All three pieces were accepted for Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday Exhibition on May 1, 2014. The Reception is from 6-9 PM. If you live in the Orlando area or are visiting you are invited to attend. Please share the news! and Oh! your comments are so appreciated.