Sept. 28, 2009
I have been reading FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS by John Bartlett
(17th edition) and came across Samuel Smiles' quote above.
The quote struck me as quintessential to the center of
Community Arts and the ideology of ART IN ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION.
Artists and arts activist I have known who have dedicated
years of their life to collaborative works with the community, do it because
they believe we are one world; a network of the the human spirit that can be
lifted in unity by the grace and beauty of creative actions.
In other words my understanding of the above quote can be:
what we do as our life work and teach others to do are
the building blocks of not only individuals, but of the destiny of whole
Of course this means negative as well as positive.
I would suggest Hitler took it the wrong direction and reaped
his destiny as his nation did.
But that was yesterday in the spectrum of time, and now we
This year, as last year I have begun my part in WCAD by
creating public art that people can participate in directly and indirectly,
the LOVE-IN event was the first public action done
September 26-27, 2009. Some of the actions documented by local
photographer Bruce McIntosh can be seen at
As you can see, we are up to our Gazooches in snow and ice, so building
what I had originally invisioned
is a little more complicated than I need...so most likely I will just
put on the trailer behind it with paint and we will roll down the
At the moment several ideas are floating around on how to celebrate this
year's WCAD...being the
Original_Idea_for_WCAD_2010 got detoured because of death in
our family. Now that difficult time has passed and thoughts of how to
live the future are easier to grasp...so...
Many years ago I lived in Eureka, California. Ferndale, a small town
nearby had an annual festival called the DOWNHILL MOBILE MUSICAL JUNK
SCULPTURE RACE. Apparently they are still doing it, but now call
it a Kinetic Sculpture Race,
...anyway, In 1976 I directed my version of the race in Edinburgh,
Scotland for the summer "PLAYSCHEMES" involving nearly a 1,000 children
It was great fun. I have thought of doing the idea again but there is no
comparable social networks in our local village to share the burden of
such an endeavor, so at this point I am trying to convince a small group
of creative individuals to do it in another way...
What I am proposing this coming Monday, January 11, is that on WCAD we
take my converted van through the village, where it will be painted,
sculpted, with performers and documenters doing a kind Ken Kesey Merry
My van after the LOVE-IN of October 2009 in Madrid
...and the van recycled...
At the moment I am calling it the
MOBILE MUSICAL MURAL SCULPTURE THEATER...
Now to see the interest of others to help me get it together...
The collaborative painting of 1976 Dodge Trans-Van at the LOVE-IN DAY
organized by Ruth Aber in Madrid, New Mexico, Sept. 26, 2009.
Original Idea for WCAD 2010
Beginning October 2009, I will continue a very large scale series of
sculptures that will be placed near Highway 14, at the front of our
property, in fact right next to last years action which still stands.
The sculptures once again will take on the theme of St. Nick
and 8 of his reindeer, and once again surreal in character. It is fun to play
with the icons of tradition.
Below are two of the four sculptures already completed: