All are invited to contribute pieces to the sculpture
by Connie Robbins
for the Burns Times-Herald
My Crane Union High School art classes and I have been entrusted by the Harney County Arts in Education Foundation-performance arts center committee to create a sculpture to be on display during the Arts symposium events in late May. The sculpture is to represent our community coming together in support of the “arts.”
Purpose: The goal of this project is to show others the diversity, uniqueness and creativity of the people of our community…of Harney County.
The arts that I would like to represent include, but are not limited to:
• Performance arts: music; drama; dance.
• Visual arts: painting, drawing, etc.; sculpture (clay, metal, wood, etc.); fabric (weaving, quilting, etc.); crafts (bead work, jewelry, etc.)
• Creative writing: poetry; stories, etc.
• Computer graphics
• Others I may have failed to mention?
The preliminary drawings of the plan I have for this sculpture are displayed. The sculpture will be designed for indoor use due to the nature of the project and desire to represent all art forms. I would like to give credit to my art classes for some of the ideas of this sculpture.
This is a preliminary drawing of what the sculpture may look like. People have been sketched in to give a sense of size of the sculpture (though not necessarily to scale). The tree represents a “juniper,” the shape of the tree representing “people.” These are adults coming together to support art education to children (uplifted on the shoulders of adults). The “children” will hold branches extending up and out, emphasizing the artwork created by local community and artists which are the “leaves” of the tree. This will be a lighted sculpture from the inside (I hope).
What is needed?
What I am mostly looking for is “leaves” created by anyone in the county, young and old. These leaves can be made of any material, but limited to 4×6 inches. My goal is to have lots of art represented in these leaves and lots of them.
A leaf must reflect one of the listed-above arts by use of materials and/or design. The shape of the “leaf” is not important, but must stay within the 4×6 inch limit. Be aware that a wire will need to attach at the “base” of your leaf design for application to the sculpture. There is no limit to the number of leaves you create.
Please include a short paragraph explaining the inspiration or story that led to the creation of your leaf. Feel free to use this project as a way to express yourself creatively and/or honoring others, through poetry, etc. Be sure to also include your name and medium used, as well. If you are under 18, please include your age.
Each leaf will be photographed and put into an “album” with the information (paragraph) you wrote about your art leaf for others to enjoy and to experience the true nature of this sculpture.
I also need community members to create clay or wood relief carvings of faces. These faces are to represent emotions expressed by audiences and performers/artists while engaged in the arts of their choice. These will act as faces for the “people” on the trunk, therefore, they should be faces of children and adults, young and old. Faces should fit an area approximately 6×7 inches, though the size can fluctuate up to 8 inches. Please drill holes in the corners of the faces so they can be attached to the armature (tree trunk). These must be fired and preferably glazed. Colors of the glazing should represent the emotion exhibited. I will need about 10 adult and 10 children faces…though the exact count will not be known until the project is under way. If this is a project you would like to take on, please email me or call for more information.
All leaves (with paragraphs) and faces need to be at the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, 484 North Broadway Avenue in Burns by May 1.
Any questions, please contact: Connie Robbins, Crane Union High School, 541-493-2641 ex. 233, 541-413-1515 or firstname.lastname@example.org