2 new ‘On the Fence’ art installations on display in Edmonds

Sep 21, 2017
Courtesy of: Edmonds Arts Commission "Screaming Down Main Street aka Live Large by Loving Life," Minh Carrico

New art installations by Edmonds artists are on exhibit this fall as part of Edmonds Arts Commission's rotating temporary public art program “On the Fence.”

“Screaming Down Main Street aka Live Large by Loving Life,” by Minh Carrico, is along the Frances Anderson Center Playfield fence.

“Birdland,” along Sixth Avenue North, is by students from Chase Lake Community School with Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks and Beth Black.

“Screaming Down Main Street” is a text-and-shadow-play installation along the fence line of the Anderson Center on Main Street. Carrico, a photographer and designer, is on the Visual Arts faculty at Edmonds Community College.

He is also co-founder of IDEA Odyssey Gallery in Seattle. The phrase "live large by loving life," written in 3-foot bright red lettering and measuring about 60 feet in length, is installed upside-down on the fence so that the phrase appears in shadow along the sidewalk.

"The phrase is a personal mantra," Carrico says of the artwork. Raised in Arkansas as the only Asian-American child in his school – from grade school all the way through high school – Carrico developed the mantra as a way to transcend identity and embrace acceptance.

He said he invites viewers to consider his mantra as they drive along Main Street, moving through their day and interacting with the diverse community of people who live in and visit Edmonds.

“Birdland” is located along the Civic Field fence line next to the pentanque courts.

Eight years ago, Beth Black lead the school's elementary students in an art project sponsored by Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation to create various bird silhouettes. The project was put in storage uncompleted, but last year Black invited Smiley-Fairbanks to help students complete the project.

With support of the Friends of the Edmonds Library, Smiley-Fairbanks collected various used children's books and guided students in collage design, transforming the "ugly ducklings" into beautiful birds using bits of pages from the books.

Taking the project one step further, Black and Smiley-Fairbanks put the birds up for "adoption" to help fund Chase Lake's Safety Net, a program to help students in need and their families with basic school supplies.

For a donation of $10, a person, business or organization can have their name placed on the back of one of the birds.

A handful of the 50 birds available for adoption are on exhibit on the fence along Sixth Avenue. For information about adopting a bird, contact Vonya King-Norton at 425-431-2330.

The Edmonds Arts Commission seeks artists to create temporary artworks for the "On the Fence" program. Installations are exhibited for approximately three to four months. The Arts Commission selects projects from submitted proposals.

Application information can be found at www.edmondsartscommission.org.


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