Friday, May 25, 2012

Lots of Lights!

It's been a busy past two weeks, but THINK AND WONDER is moving right along and coming to shape. After painting, I began screwing in light bulbs and got about halfway through (approx 2000 bulbs) by myself. Last night I had a "Light Bulb Screwing Party" where a group of AWESOME friends came by to lend a hand. We finishing lighting every single letter! In the meantime, one of my install assistants, Frank Haehnel, built a beautiful custom rack which will go on the back of his pickup truck for transport of the letters down to the bridge. It will take us about 10 trips to get everything from the University to the Stone Arch. Install starts on Monday- stay tuned for on-site updates!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TAW/WAT and Nice Ride

This year Nice Ride bikes of Minneapolis is teaming up with Northern Spark. They just put an ad featuring the festival theme/my project up at the Franklin and Nicollet station!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Work of Kozoo

Japanese artist Kozue Shimada, who often goes by the name Kozoo, makes some beautiful little drawings/illustrations and even cooler giant cake sculptures! I wish I could see Smile Cake Happy Cake in person.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thanks MN Monthly!

Thanks MN Monthly for featuring this great photo of Asia Ward and myself in your June 2012 issue...Go Northern Spark!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hanging Letters

Less than two weeks until install happens down on the bridge which means lots of testing before then. Were you wondering how I was going to get giant letters over the side of the bridge? This is how! I hired my fantastic friend Yousif Delvalle to weld together a 15' custom "crane" that fits into the back of my SUV. On the top is a chain hoist, which we will use to raise the letter above the bridge railing, and then lower the letter into position while we securely clip it into place. Good news- it works!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It feels like Christmas!

Today feels like Christmas because 13 packages full of unbreakable LED lights arrived for me! That's over 4,500 bulbs and sockets in addition to 100 plugs. In less than 30 days these LEDs will light up the Minneapolis sky.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Digital Drawing Student Finals

In my class "Drawing Using Digital Media as an Essential Tool", my students had to create some sort of "book" for their final. These are some of the fantastic projects they came up with.
Banner by Joe Reinke
Skateboards by Trevor Birkhofer
Eye Spy book by Liza Allinger
Everyone Fails by Megan Beede
Midwest Maps by Alix Nichols
Accordion Book by Dan Opheim
Robert Frost book by Kari Sonday
Old-Time Portrait Postcards by Zoe Poeschl
Memory Postcards by Rachel Quast
Etched "Roses are Red" Wine Bottles by Ashley Erickson