Back in February of 2009 we received an exciting email that started like this:
Dear Jennifer & Dave: Congratulations! You have been chosen as one of the artists in the Sculptures on Pacific Avenue Project in Bremerton, Washington!
This kind of news is music to the ear of any artist trying to make it in the public art world. We had entered a call-for-artists from the Bremerton Arts Commission for seven sculptures to be placed along their main downtown corridor as part of the city’s forward-thinking revitalization plan. They ended up choosing 3 artists/teams, and specifically asked Dave and me to create a pedestrian-scale version of our sculpture Despite the Rain.
The original sculpture stands just 18 inches tall and is made from bronze sheet metal. I decided to make the Bremerton version out of steel & stainless steel, and to add color to the umbrella and puddle:
14 months later we have finally started fabrication! Public art takes a great deal of patience for all involved, and we spent the year planning, negotiating contracts and waiting, waiting, waiting. There were several times I worried the project might get cancelled due to budget cuts. Nearly all city municipalities have made cuts throughout this recession, and unfortunatly many mistakenly see art as low hanging fruit. I applaud the Bremerton Arts Commission for working hard to keep this project alive. And a big thank you to Pam Byknonen who is our contact and a joy to work with.
Here are some in-process shots to date:
This is the first of several blog posts about this project. Stay tuned for more!