"If you're not using your bike anymore, if you'd like to see it incorporated in a sculpture; bring me your bike." The call went out. Sixty bikes later I was able to build the Bicycle arches seen amongst the images on the right.
Among these, you'll also see arches made of shopping carts (yes, I did receive permission for their use), a house for Bonnaroo made of over 40,000 empty aluminum cans, motion made with discarded bricks, and suspended trash cans also taking on the arch form. Included in these images is also my transport vehicle, the same trustworthy chariot used to relocate my very first arch.
"The Junk in my Trunk" art show at Dibden Gallery (as pictured in the final four slides in the list to the right) came into being due in large part to my friend Leila Bandar, Sculpture Director at Johnson State College, who 'forced' me to create a show. I had two months to compile a collection of pieces for this primarily interior space. So, I looked into my immediate surroundings for inspiration: there was a lot of recyclable material within a scenic Vermont landscape, I chose to combine the two. This combination translated into organic shapes and structures being formed with recyclables. It was fun, and took a lot more time to organize than I thought. There is no way the show would have reached completion without Leila's tireless enthusiasm, help and positive energy.
Provoking non-traditional thought is an aim in many art forms. My shopping cart arches for example I'd place in this category. The medium is unusual within a concretely understandable shape. When asking store managers for their permission to use, about twenty of, their carts I was received with some confusion, and a lot of interest in the final outcome. Carts are not light, then again neither are stones. The blue cart arch set up for "The Junk in my Trunk" show at the Dibden Gallery, was made possible because of my friend Greg McLelland. Ask him sometime about the fish, about what a fun-cold-blustery-spring day it was, and Morphine. The image of me standing on my Dodge is credit to him, as it the standing of this piece.