A handful of local artists have taken over some unused factory space, something we in the northeast have lots of. Our huge, muscular brick buildings are often sitting idle when they could be used for housing or studios, and happily there’s a big grungy factory nearby that’s just the thing for creative folks.
One evening we stopped in and an artist (whose oils I intend to display at Casa Nana) was inviting visitors to participate in his sandblast art. He had big bins of sand from the beach, and buckets of plastic toys that acted like cookie cutters for molding shapes or letterforms. The idea is you stick the molds in wet sand, fill with plaster and then we leave them to set overnight, and voila, you’ve got sand art. Normally I would have passed this but recent events inspired me to create this.
Yes, it’s a little something for the yard. Our architects would kill us if we tried to integrate this into the facade, but nestled in a leafy garden it might not look quite so cheesy.
OK, it will still look cheesy. I may have to return this bucket of sand to the beach.