04.02.13 progress

Here’s a little sneak peak of the tree sculpture after my first full day putting the vinyl collage on it. It’s all coming together!

If you’d like to learn more about my tree project, part of a public art initiative in Nebraska City called An Enchanted Arboretum, please visit my Kickstarter page. I am happy to report that I made my initial fundraising goal to pay the printing costs and I’m only $450 away from my stretch goal…

blog040213_treeprogress92:365: tree detail

03.30.13 i’ve got that on vinyl

Yesterday was big. The 66″ x 29″ vinyl prints for my tree were finally finished and – WHEW! – they look great. Now there’s just the small matter of getting these giant stickers on the sculpture. This project is such an amazing opportunity but it’s also one of those great, challenging, slightly scary adventures that I just can’t wait to appreciate in the rear-view mirror…

If you haven’t yet, please visit my Kickstarter project to watch a little video and learn more about the project – three weeks to go.

blog033013_vinyl89/365: never-ending wood on vinyl

03.26.13: Kickstart my Art

Remember that big tree I showed you a while back? Well, it’s almost ready for its close-up…

Today’s photo shows a detail of the tree yesterday after priming.

I just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to complete the tree, my first large-scale public art project. Do you know about Kickstarter? It’s an online funding platform for funding creative projects.

You can pledge to become a backer, help get creative projects off the ground, and receive a reward. I’m offering special editions prints featuring images from my design cycle, “The Never-Ending Wood”.


These 4 photo-collage designs will cover the tree. As it turns out, printing photos on vinyl to wrap a 6-foot tall, three-dimensional tree is EXPENSIVE.

While I did receive $500 from the Enchanted Arboretum project board (Thank You!), my costs exceed $1200. I’m trying to make up the difference.

Please visit my Kickstarter Page to learn more about the project. There are lots of photos and also, ahem, a video. (I can’t say it was my finest hour but I got the job done.)

Become a backer to help get the project off the ground. Every contribution counts. Rewards start at $5!!

blog032613_blacktree85/365: primed tree sculpture

franconia fall 2012

Franconia Sculpture Park is one of my happiest places on earth. It’s located in the middle of farms and fields about an hour’s drive from the city (Minneapolis). Coming upon the park always feels like crossing into another dimension – a bizzarro world full of creativity, monumental sculpture, big ideas, and a spirit of Anything Goes.

This fall, I get to make a couple visits to the park. Here are a few photos from last Saturday. It was the end-of-the-season celebration with live music, stilt walkers, food trucks, and all kinds of fun. We celebrated B’s birthday with a great Minneapolis band called the 4onthefloor and scored two seats by the campfire for the show. Once the sun went down and the music started, I put the camera away and just took it all in. It was a chilly and magical autumn night spent in very good company.

I promise to take better notes and add titles and artist names when I return in a couple weeks. Franconia Sculpture Park is open 365 days a year by donation.