Monday, October 5, 2009

Landfill Art

I am struggling with my latest paintings so nothing new to post except for my painted hubcap for The Landfill Project. Kristen Stein first mentioned this project on her Facebook wall and I was intrigued. The title is 'Back to the Garden'.

Here's the blurb from the founder Ken Marquis and you can view my piece above. It will be donated, there will be an exhibit and eventually a published book showcasing all 1041 'metal canvases'. 
Fun to paint, but difficult to conceive because I've never before painted a round 3 dimensional object. And it's in acrylic, not my usual oils. 

"The 1,041 pieces of rusted metal are actually old automobile hub caps from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.  Each hub cap, after being cleaned and primed, is affectionately called a “metal canvas.”  Although most “metal canvases” have been transformed by the artist using oil or acrylic paint, some have been weaved on, glued or screwed or welded to, or made into fine sculpture.

...Although the project is in its infancy (I hope to have it completed by 2012,) it will evolve from a simple idea of taking forty-one old rusted hub caps and creating forty-one pieces of great art.  The second phase has already started with the acquisition of one thousand additional (1000) rusted hub caps which will be turned into cleaned and primed “metal canvases.  The project will continue with finding one thousand (1000) talented artists who believe in this project.

The third phase will involve publishing a book on the project showcasing all one thousand forty one (1,041) completed metal canvases.

The fourth and final phase will involve choosing 200 metal canvases that adequately represent the project and create a traveling show. The book and traveling show will publically portray the global art community's effort to positively impact the environment through repurposing previous metal waste into great landfillart."


Cecca said...

That's one beautiful hub cap!
Sounds like a really interesting project too. Thanks for posting :-)

Victoria Webb said...

Thanks Cecca- it took me a while to get into it, but it was fun!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Very cool!