One Last Time on the Eastern Span
Feeling sentimental today, I got a zipcar just to drive to Oakland this afternoon and make one last drive back to the City across the Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge. The soon to be old bridge closers forever on Wednesday at 8 pm so they can finish up and open the new bridge over the weekend.
When I was a kid, my first view of San Francisco was from the Bay Bridge. The Eastern Span is not pretty, but it’s special. Back in 2011 I did two pieces about the Bay Bridge for the 2011 Project, including this one shown above.
More than half of the pieces for the 2011 Project have been sent off to their curators. There are still some pieces available including these rather summery ones. They are perfect if you prefer camping, a road trip in an old woodie, maybe to Yellowstone or all the way to Cape Cod. Or maybe you’re flying off to Peru. If you want to see the pieces that are still available, check out 2011project.com.
The 2011 Project Back East
Today I got this photo of some of the pieces from the 2011 Project. These project supporters on the East Coast have had a frame maker create a custom board. It allows them to rearrange the pieces and have a changeable, small installation in their home. If you would like to curate a piece(s) from the 2011 Project yourself, go to the project website for more details.
You can still become a curator for the 2011 Project
Now there are more empty nails on the wall than art. About two-thirds of the individual pieces for the 2011 Project have been distributed and about 150 still remain. If you would like to be a curator and receive a piece from the 2011 Project, visit the 2011project.com for more details.
At Home Near the Beach
These 2011 Project pieces have found a new home near the beach. Lined up on the mantel with Maneki-neko or Japanese Good Luck Cat it looks like they have the power to invoke all sorts of good energy.
25 Months Later
During 2011 as I was creating a piece for the 2011 Project every day, I kept adding them to the wall. Some have been shown during this time, but basically I’ve been looking at them all for the past two years. But, I haven’t given much thought to many of the individual pieces and the stories I was writing about them every day on the project blog. This past weekend I was preparing the pieces for distribution by adding an individual label to the back of each one. As I was going through the pieces from the first months of 2011, it became an unexpected trip back in time to just two years ago.
Just looking at the pieces was like reading a journal – a journal I do not keep. It took me back to events as the project was getting started. The time when I had just nine completed and could begin to see what it might look like. And then when themes started to emerge. The revolutions brewing in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East which are still playing out. There was the horror of massive earthquake in Japan. The memories of the first time I took my nephew to the desert. And, there was the beginning of going through my archives of collage fodder and creating the piece shown above that mentions a 25-month subscription. Here we are 25 months on, imagine what it will be like to look back 25 years later….
The last day together for a long time….
This photo was taken this morning. Today is the last day the 365 pieces from the 2011 Project will all be together for a long time. They are ready to be distributed and tomorrow they start going to the post office .
The Last Step
The last (and tedious) step before the pieces for the 2011 Project can be distributed. Each one needs an individual label. I can’t trust self-stick labels to stay on, so each one is glued by hand.
Getting ready for distribution
The 2011 Project has reached the distribution phase. Soon the 365 pieces will be distributed to project supporters who will curate them for a number of years. At some point in the future they will be regrouped for a show. One should think of each individual piece like an art time capsule. This week project supporters are making their selections. If you’re interested in becoming a supporter and curating a piece(s), let me know.
Happy Holidays 2012!
There is a reason you save all those old Christmas cards and the stamps off the envelopes. Below is one of the pieces for the 2011 Project made with old Christmas cards from when I was very little. And this year’s card (shown above) includes stamps that I have been saving for years.