St. Leo's Catholic Church Gold Leaf Statue, Little Italy, Baltimore, MD 2004
My friend Pete Oktovec hired me to assist in the gold leafing of this Catholic statue in Little Italy. His family had a business painting most of the churches in the Baltimore, DC and Virginia area. I have learned much from Pete over the years who has spent decades working full time as a scenic artist for film and television. Just look at shine!
ClimbZone Production has an in-house Mold & Casting Dept. which I helped build, first by attending the two-day Smooth-On Mold & Casting Workshop in Allentown, PA. Smooth-On is the leading manufacturer & distributor of plastics, rubbers & resins for Hollywood effects shops and more. Using that knowledge I shared it with the rest of the team as we created one and two part rubber molds.
We’ve used their products time and time again to create rubber molds of our climbing holds, seen here. But we didn't just stop at your average mountain climbing hold. We took it to new levels adding recognizable shapes like fruit and sports balls, even lava chunks, we added pockets in the back to embed programmable LED lights for lighting effects, added Glow-In-The-Dark & Fluorescent pigments to the cast resin that react in the black light for our night climbs.
Always pushing the boundaries here at ClimbZone!
Sunrise, LOTS Alive Initiative, BOPA, Baltimore City, MD 2018
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts hosted a city-wide public art initiative called LOTS Alive where they employ artists to create sculptures for the vacant lots in the city. It’s a nationwide Call to Artists and my concepts were chosen for the 4620-4622 Park Heights Ave. lot. Park Heights is the first area that this experiment is taking place.
Adopting the style of production I’ve been accustomed to by working at ClimbZone making climbing walls, I’ve created this free standing sign of sorts by direct printing the design on 3/4” Baltic birch plywood, relaying a positive message by the late Mario Fernandez. While installing the piece I had plenty of bystanders compliment the message and some neighbors come out and help me dig the 5 foot post hole and prop up the sign including this gentleman Ed. The work is meant to bring a sense of unity and community so it has already been successful in my eyes.
The artwork will to stay up for one year and be de-installed this time next year. BOPA hopes that these works will be “place makers” for people to congregate around or at least strike up a conversation about, maybe take selfies in front of, etc.
You can see some of my other submissions in the “Proposals” section of this site.
Central Ave. Electrical Boxes, Jersey City, NJ 2018
The Central Ave. S.I.D. Management Corp., funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, and partnering with the National Endowment of the Arts, hosted a national Call to Artists to decorate two electrical boxes on busy intersections on Central Avenue in Jersey City. It is an ongoing, rolling project, the two boxes I recreated having been painted back in 2013 and 2009 as a part of the first public arts initiative sponsored by CASID.
After submitting over 15 proposed concepts, the panel of judges selected two of mine, the Giant Gumball machine entitled “Candy Anyone?” and the Miniature Brick Building called “Home”.
Thanks to David Diaz for coordinating the event and for treating us to a fantastic authentic Cuban meal and good conversation at Rumba’s!
Stuffed, Ongoing Experiments in Deconstruction & Reconstruction