(follow this link for the previous fence-related post public-artwork-on-private-fence-pt-1.html )
Klaus' letter to the editor concerning the fence was published this week in the Dec. 4th issue of The Auroran, the local paper..
The project began in May 2012 and we installed the completed figures on November 13th, 2012. It was very cold. We even had a few snowflakes and then a bit of rain, but we were anxious to complete the project.
To briefly recap, I drew characters for the fence, creating life-size templates for them out of paper which Klaus took and used as his guide to cut the shapes out of wood. Once cut, with the edges sanded, they came back to me for priming on both sides and then painting into their final colour. In addition I had washers to paint in rustproofing primer, two sides, and the heads of bolts to paint to match the characters so when they were inserted into their body they would not be visible. As an added visual treat, Klaus requested I paint about 30 washers in a bright colour so when he saw the fence from the house he'd see bright dots on his fence since the whole installation is not on the interior of the fence but on the exterior, overlooking a local public park and tennis club.
|getting ready to install the characters on the fence|
|all present and accounted for|
|hole in arm ok|
|who could drill into this face?!|
|Klaus did this freehand drilling that freaked me out a bit|
|but it looked like he'd done this kind of thing a lot, so I stopped worrying|
It took a few hours, especially as people stopped by to talk to us about what we were doing. Most times I made them work a bit too: holding things up so I could step back to see the composition
as well as helping me pass tools back and forth to Klaus over the fence.
|Klaus and his trusty wrench|
Slowly it came together until it was finished. Three animals weren't included in the final layout this time round: the earthworm, the snail and the porcupine. We plan to change it up in the spring.
|back of chorusline birds|
What is missing are the two thought bubbles and the one word bubble. In time, these characters will be expressing themselves. Klaus is considering what he wants to say/what they could say.
For now, he is content to have only the name of the piece there. It is called Machell's Commons. This is a take of the original name for the town of Aurora, where this artwork lives. It was called Machell's Corner. The fence depicts a gathering area, or commons, when there was not as much development and more wildlife. The joy of spaces and the joy of nature. When the natural environment was more stimulating and interesting.
|Machell's Commons 20' x 6' fence with painted wood figures|
with Klaus Wehrenberg and Katie Argyle