NEW PUBLIC SCULPTURES INSTALLED FOR THE
SMITH CREEK SOCCER CENTER
THE RENAISSANCE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
IN WAKE FOREST, NC!
Artist Kirk Seese installed two “Feather” sculptures in July after being selected as a finalist by the Wake Forest Public Art Commission 2019-2020 public sculpture exhibition. They are located at 690 Heritage Lake Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587 and at the corner of Elm Ave. & Taylor St. across the street from the Renaissance Centre for the Arts. The pieces will be up and on loan for the next two years with an option to buy for our permanent collection.
The Feather is my debut piece as a public sculptor and has been selected for sculpture exhibitions in:
TX, TN, MS, MD, IN, IL, CO, GA & NC
this year so far! Pictured below is the one for the Old Town Art Splash Festival in Coppell, TX, and one for Johnson City, TN.
The standard Feather stands 10 feet tall with 3/4” Baltic birch plywood panels directly printed on and coated with an epoxy resin, attached to a 2” x 2” square tubular steel post. There are many color combinations to choose from and are made to order.
This piece represents my first of hopefully many public sculptures to come!
Johnson City, TN Founders Park
BREWERY FIRE MURAL
EPIC FAN ART MURAL PAINTED AT NEW TANEYTOWN BREWERY
In progress mural for the Grand Opening of Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD. This piece depicts a futuristic cantina scene filled with the owners most favorite characters from tv, film and gaming. We plan to create a Scavenger Hunt list for their customers to use while enjoying the outdoor beer garden mural to hunt for all the Easter Eggs. Check back for more Work In Progress shots.
Winner of the 2019
Kent County Arts Council
Rock Hall Mural Project
Java Rock Coffee wall mural
Rock Hall, MD
Spent my May weekends on the beautiful Eastern Shore painting a 40 foot mural on the back of the Java Rock Coffee House with the help of some local students and community members.
Watch out for the making of video coming soon!
I would like to thank…
Sam Dowlings Painters for prepping the wall, Greg Krafchik from Sherwin Williams Rock Hall for generously supplying the paint, the students and community of Rock Hall for assisting with the base coats, Jim Rich and the lovely ladies of Java Rock for the spectacular meals and keeping me hydrated, Joanne Rich and the Rock Hall Main Street Group for sponsoring the mural contest, Sandy from Hickory Stick who let me store my supplies in her shop, my host and tour guide Wayne & Laurie Walters, who opened their home to me and have been graciously sharing Rock Hall, Get The Scoop for the best ice cream on the Eastern Shore, and most of all my family for allowing me to spend a months worth of weekends to complete something really special that will bless the community of Rock Hall for years to come.
Custom murals painted for
the Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co.’s Grand Opening!
Gaithersburg, MD’s newest brewery just opened in March of 2019! One of three in that area taking advantage of the agrotourism trend. Besides the brewery, canning facility and tasting room, they have the makings of a beer garden and have cleared a half acre for crops. This 17 acre, family owned, former Christmas tree farm has now grown into a pine forest, offering an enchanting and scenic backdrop for any deck party.
Funny story about these murals…since they’ve been up, Elder Pine customers have swore that the murals are actually large decals, despite the owner explaining that he personally watched me paint them. In addition, people at the bar have been spotting faces within the design so much that the bartenders now have a “pointing stick”, dowel rod to target the area’s where people say they see a face.
They’ve become quite the topic of conversation!
Winner of the 2019
Greeley, CO New Transit Center
Public Art Commission!
You heard it here first!
I’ve been awarded a commission to design, fabricate, deliver and install a 10’ x 40’, 3D relief sculpture for the City of Greeley, CO, after applying to a national Request For Proposals with over 80 applicants! Stay tuned for “work in progress” pics!
Below is the initial design concept for the 3D mural to be installed on the façade of the building. We then spent some time in the city’s museum archives to find Greeley specific images to use and redesigned the piece. Fabrication is happening as we speak!
Original design proposal
Public Sculpture (Near Completion)
Parkview Manor Apts
After competing for this assignment, managed and facilitated by the Hyattsville Community Development Corp. and funded by the Montgomery Housing Initiative Partnership, (MHIP)., I was awarded the commission to design, fabricate and install three public sculptures for the garden courtyards at the Parkview Manor Apt.’s in Hyattsville, MD. We’ve finished the fabrication phase of this project and have installed two of the three pieces. This project represents the first large scale public sculpture commission I have ever received and is such an incredible learning experience, thanks to the Director of the Hyattsville CDC Stuart Eisenberg, who is willing to share his extensive knowledge about the public art making process. I am migrating from 2D public murals to 3D public sculpture and it’s been really exciting so far!
The first sculpture is art for art sake, called “The Feather”, seen below. The second piece is a functional climbing structure meant for elementary aged kids entitled “The Turtle”. And the final work is a resting area similar to a bus stop named “The Shell”, where parents can sit and watch their children play. All these will be colored to compliment each other in matching style and are designed to create an amenable space for the residents of Parkview Manor.
1/4th scale model (bare wood) cut from 1/4” plywood on the Laser Cutter
Full size panels printed with a protective coat of Waterbourne Epoxy Corotec prior to the epoxy resin coating of Tarbender.
Beale Street Theater Mural
Midway through 2018 I started applying to national public art RFP’s & RFQ’s, (Request For Proposals and Request For Qualifications). After a few months of searching, designing, and preparing such applications, and many rejections I might add, I received my very first competitive commission from the Kingman Main Street group in Kingman, AZ!
I spent ten incredible days there, not only painting, but seeing some of the most outstanding sites Arizona has to offer!
Kingman is known as the Heart of Route 66 because it holds the longest stretch of that historic highway. Since the 70’s, Kingman has been in a slow decline as Route 66 was less and less traveled, until the historic downtown area was all but a ghost town, relying on tourism for the most part for survival. Now, over the past 5 or 6 years, businesses have started opening up there again including two prominent breweries on the main drag, and there has been a major initiative to revitalize Beale Street in particular with new restaurants, shops, parks and public art.
While I was there I saw and met tourists from Japan, China, Korea, France, Germany and the Czech Republic. It’s incredible how people from around the world have an interest for and romanticize about the spirit of Route 66.
The Kingman Main Street group, founded a little more than a year ago, sought to create an Art Alley public art gallery running parallel to Beale Street and so posted a national Call to Artists to design and paint the first of many murals in that area. I’ve been told artists from as far away as Germany, Australia and Japan competed for this prize, over 50 applicants apparently, and they chose me and one of the many concepts I presented.
This project is so dear to my heart and I will tell you why. One reason is that it was my first successful, out of state, public art proposal, but more than that, on Sept. 11th my father passed away after a year long and painful bout with cancer. In fact I was not sure if I would be able to paint this mural because things were not looking good. As it turns out we were able to keep our schedule and I had a chance to process the loss by stepping away and having some time to think after his first memorial service in Sarasota, FL, the second service was held in our hometown of Ellicott City, MD. It was a therapeutic week.
My contact person for the project, Paul Gaines, and all the town actually, were so welcoming and supportive, I cannot tell you how good it felt to be cared for after pouring so much of myself out for my family over the prior months. Gifts, gift cards, free meals and friendships that will last beyond the scope of the project were all benefits of this experience. Once the mural was complete I spent time hiking on the local Monolith trail, the spectacular Hualapei Mountains, including Aspen Peak, elevation 7950 ft. I saw the Grand Canyon West, the Hoover Dam, was a guest on a podcast, (Cartoon Casual), even took a small 4 seater plane ride over the town and witnessed my mural from the air, compliments of Paul Gaines! It was a 100% life giving trip, one that I will always remember. Everything ran so smoothly I think the Kingman Mainstreet group was appreciative. They even held an unveiling of the mural, complete with a DJ, beer and food trucks. I can’t say enough about that experience! Thank you Kingman!!!