- Blown Out Tulips
10′ by 10′ hand snipped mosaic floor 2010/2011
The Artists are Matt Crestetto-Tile Setter; he cut the tile around the tulips. I love working with him. He’s a fabulous Graffiti Artist and now traveling to legal places to make his Art.
Larry Gallagher-Grinding/Beveling; he did the dusty/loud work with a smile and earplugs. I’m writing about Larry a lot these days. He is such a poet and just released a new album This Desert of Air, that I love and reviewed. It’s the words! We raced to see who would finish first, his album-my floor. I believe, ” I won!”
Sarah Dorrance-Design/Mosaic: she loves the Earth and is frequently found trying to bring the outdoors inside. I took this tulip Polaroid about 10 years ago and have always wanted to build it. Here it is. The pieces are small, all hand snipped and glued down by me. A question that always enters my mind as I am building is “why”? Why so small, so heavy, so manual, so hard? These questions are for another time and for the rest of my life.
If you are ever in Bisbee, Arizona, I invite you to go to the art piece: “Arizona, Rock Shrine for my Father”. You can choose to leave a rock or not, but if possible please take a picture and send it to me. I will post it here along with your name.
Bisbee has many public stairs and the stairs you need to use are located on the corner of Mayer and Garden Avenues. These directions could change as I am not yet in Bisbee and am directing from memory. I will repost them if there are any changes. It is best to go during the day light hours, because you will have to walk on steep desert floor to get to the rock shrine. This shrine is on private property and has permission of the owners, (if anyone asks), but try not to disturb anyone in the houses.
This is a shrine, so walk quietly watching where you walk, as there is a lot of life on the desert floor that can be sharp and pointy. You should wear boots, but of course sometimes this is not possible, so go see it even if you are wearing tennis shoes, it is doable. Walk to the end of the stairs, loop up and you will see there is a break in the stair case, walk to the break, look right and about 15 feet, you will find the rock shrine next to Billy’s head stone, under the live oak trees. Was Billy a pet? I am not sure.
When my father was dying 2005/2006 I spent a lot of time with him in Arizona where he lived for his grown life. While we were hanging out, going to this appointment and that appointment, I told him I would build a “Rock Shrine” for him when he died, assuming I had time and it would be many years later. Only months later, nearer to his death in May 2006 he reminded me he still wanted the Rock Shrine. I collected rocks from Arizona while my dad was still alive and spent time researching the adobe. Soon after he died, I made a California adobe, from my backyard soil. I used chicken wire as the frame and added rocks on top of my homemade adobe. I took my idea of a shrine from the Kiva ovens used by the Natives in Arizona and New Mexico. I built the rock shrine, leaving an opening at the top, like the ovens, so that the candle smoke could escape. Although, the first “Arizona Rock Shrine for My Father”, built in San francsico, California, has a spot for a candle, this second, Bisbee Arizona incarnation, will be altered to catch water or direct water to be caught.
June 26th, 2011
This is a place where everyone can join in the art party