Dear Friends, Family, and Ouray County Area Art Lovers,
EXCITING NEW COMMUNITY ART PROJECT: With the support of PARC (Public Art Ridgway Colorado), I have a new public art sculpture in the works, and we need your support to make it possible! The goal here is to create a new large-scale public art piece for our communities and visitors to enjoy, but we could use your help and support to do so. My vision is to create a wood-based sculpture (roughly 13 ft tall!) that will be located next to the new pavilion in the Ridgway Athletic Park near the soccer fields (the image above is a conceptual rendering of the piece in its approved location). To make this project a reality I have already done a lot of legwork, and I HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM THE TOWN OF RIDGWAY AND SUPPORT FROM PARC TO DO THIS PROJECT…now we just need your help with the costs to make it a reality! The goal of this fundraiser is to simply help me cover the material costs for the project (wood, wood finishes, wood fasteners, etc...). This is not a personal money making endeavor.
My hope is that this piece of public art will serve as a source of inspiration and civic pride for our communities for years to come. I hope it will provide a new focal point celebrating and strengthening our community’s unique identity. The sculpture will be abstract in nature, but will offer a sense of movement and uplift. As a wood-based art piece, it will also aim to pay homage to nature and the natural environment.
The costs to create something of this nature, however, are not cheap…the cost of the Accoya wood alone is over $5,000 dollars. On top of this are the costs associated with the sculpture's foundation, wood fasteners, wood finishes, etc… As this is a passion project of mine, the goal of this fundraiser is to simply cover the material costs of the project.
That all said, I am genuinely excited about the opportunity to create something of this scale for our communities to enjoy, and I hope you will be a part of its creation. AS AN ADDED BONUS, for every donation over $300 I will create a small-scale version of the sculpture for you to enjoy at your home (roughly 12 inches tall). And, EVERY donation, no matter what amount, has the option to have your name or business subtly inscribed near the base of the sculpture.
Cheers and THANK YOU,
MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT:
If you’re interested in some more detailed insight on the project, here are some more odds and ends for you to check out:
ABOUT CIE (for those who don’t know me personally): You might know me as a neighbor, friend, artist, or part of the musical duo You Knew Me When with my wife, Karisa. My wife and I moved to the area five years ago after touring full-time for nearly six and a half years throughout the country. Upon moving here, Karisa became the music teacher for Ouray, and I delved more thoroughly into the visual arts. The Ridgway and Ouray communities have been exceedingly supportive of our music and have been an amazing source of encouragement and inspiration for my art. To date, I have done numerous exhibits in the area, created an array of commissioned works for area individuals and businesses, and have continued to branch out with my art throughout the region.
WHY PUBLIC ART?? Art can be expensive and it is not always accessible to many individuals…this is why public art is so important. It allows art to be accessible to EVERYONE. It allows people to come together to contemplate and be inspired (at least that is the goal with much of my art). Public art plays an integral in developing a communities’ identity and can be a source of civic pride. I hope this additioin to the Town of Ridgway will provide a new focal point celebrating and strengthening our community’s unique identity.
WHY WOOD-BASED ART?? The sculpture will be abstract in nature and is intended to provide a sense of movement, uplift, and contemplation. Through the employment of wood as my primary medium, my art aims to pay homage to nature and to the natural world. In my opinion, wood has the amazing ability to give art greater depth and cohesion to the natural environment. People in our community have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for their natural surroundings…so, what better way to honor them than by using a natural material such as wood for public art.
ABOUT ACCOYA WOOD: This sculpture will be constructed primarily from a type of wood called Accoya. Created from sustainably sourced softwood; it matches or exceeds the durability, stability and beauty of the very best tropical hardwoods. The Accoya wood production process takes sustainably-sourced, fast-growing softwood and, in a non-toxic process, creates a durable and stable wood. Accoya has been treated with a chemical called acetic anhydride, which BuildingGreen describes as “really strong vinegar.” After treatment, the wood gains remarkable performance characteristics. Unlike most pressure-treated wood, acetylated lumber doesn’t contain any copper or biocides that can leach into the environment over time. The treatment renders the wood harder, more dimensionally stable and immune to insects. Accoya lasts for 50 years above grade, 25 years in contact with the ground or submerged in fresh water, and has a service life of 70 years, according to its manufacturer.