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FACE ME; Artbeing at ArtPrize 2011

The orange and gold kinetic sculpture is now on display on Monroe Avenue across the street from the Amway Grand Plaza.

Find your name on the sculpture and see how it moves with the human touch.

The message is about people losing out on face to face interaction because of this modern era of communication. Are we just plain lazy or is the need not there?

The sculpture is made of metal and turns on a base plus moves at the elbows, wrists and neck. The face and hands are cast from a live model so they look realistic but the rest of the body is a tangled mass of metal strips.

FACE ME is ready!

Face Me is ready to be installed at ArtPrize 2011. We are taking it downtown tomorrow (becasue it's raining today and I want to make sure the paint is dry)

Good news! Face Me is one of only a handful of ArtPrize projects to make it on Kickstarter. They helped me raise the funds for Face Me and here's the video that was posted for the project campaign. Over 30 people signed up as backers for the ArtPrize sculpture and we raised enough to pay almost all the expenses.

I hate to say it but there was about $900 devoted solely to gasoline for my Ford explorer. I need a big vehicle to haul around all the stuff and the finished sculpture itself.

ArtPrize 2011; FACE ME; Artbeing. Process

The process of building FACE ME; First I came up with a concept….
Then I decided what to make it out of and looked for places to find the materials I would need….

Next I looked for people who would like to get involved. Lots of people said, "I can help!" Drew from Keller Ford helped me with used parts. He talked to the mechanics and found all kinds of cool stuff.

  Joshua and Paul Evans said, "Sure! We love to weld and cut and bend steel. We can help." 

Then I designed some fun stuff to give away to my supporters. Miriam Yisel models the medallion that the supporters of FACE ME get. Kickstarter has all the info.

You can make a keychain with it or use it as a necklace or even hang it in a picture frame. The medallions will have your name engraved and will be signed by me.

ArtPrize 2011; FACE ME; Artbeing Update

Hey, everyone! There is a lot happening and I can't keep up. I'll give you all the info I have up to this date. Look for more great photos and video Labor Day weekend.
You can see almost the whole skeleton here. The head is missing! But there will be a lot more added to this structure. You can see how it will be about 6 1/2 feet tall.
Working on the legs. See the red hot iron below. This is how we're bending it. The feet are being welded here.

The forge is fired up until the coals are nice and hot. Then the iron is placed in the coals until it's red hot and bendable. You will see lots of twists and bends in FACE ME.