SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2010

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Artists & Artworks Butzer Design Partnership Oklahoma City National weed killers, and a bed of stone, allowing this one-acre creation to remain a permanent part of the landscape. Memorial, Field of Empty Chairs On April 19th, 1995, thousands of lives were impacted when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed. Red Grooms (b. Charles Roger Grooms, 1937) Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a multiRed Grooms was born and raised in Nashville, Tennesfaceted monument that commemorates the 168 lives see. Known for his lively, colorful, mixed-media installost in the tragedy, as well as the people who survived. lations that he named "sculpto-pictoramas," Grooms Established in 1997, the memorial still aids in the healcreated a commemorative carousel honoring the hising of those affected by the tragedy today. Field of Empty tory of his hometown. This interactive carousel depicts Chairs is a part of the expansive memorial, representthirty-six figures, each reping the absence of the people whose lives were lost. The "As a boy, I longed to head down those resenting a distinct part of Tennessee's history. Tenneschairs differ in size, remindroads and find out what lay beyond see Fox Trot Carousel was ing us that people of all ages, the horizon. An urge to discover was introduced to Nashville's including young children, never far from the surface." Riverfront Park in 1998. were killed in the bombing. Like most of Grooms' Other symbolic elements of —Stan Herd artworks, this unusual the memorial are the Survimerry-go-round features colorful, cartoon-like figures. vor Tree, a Reflection Pool, and various other exhibits in The artist depicts local heroes like the musically gifted the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum that Everly Brothers; wealthy business figures like Adelicia utilize found objects and belongings from the former Acklen; and community foods like the famous caramel government building. candy bar, the Goo Goo Boy. Even the title is Tennesseeinspired. The popular ballroom dance, the Foxtrot, has Stan Herd (b. 1950) Portrait of Amelia Earhart its own character on the attraction. Kansas-born artist Stan Herd is known for a unique style When considering Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel one of art he coined "Crop Art." Born in 1950 into a farmneeds to consider "Who would be impacted by this ing family, Herd not only has a passion for the earth, but creation the most, residents or tourists?" "What local for art as well. He creates portraits of local heroes using attractions would your community consider carouselplants with certain colors and blooming patterns that worthy?" "How would local history be remembered or enhance his designs. Herd creates some of his artworks commemorated in your state?" by digging, plowing, burning, and in other ways altering the land. Wade Baker (b. 1956) Canada's North Star Perhaps one of Herd's most well-known works is one Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1956, Wade he created at the request of the residents of Atchison, Baker is the descendent of a long line of Canadian aborigKansas, hometown of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, inal royalty. His mother is a Kwakiutl hereditary chief, in celebration of Earhart's 100th birthday. Many Atchiand his father was the descendent of Salish, Squamish son residents volunteered their help in the creation of chief, Chief Capilano. Baker's art is inspired by the traPortrait of Amelia Earhart, using native stone, grasses, ditions passed on through his Pacific Northwest tribal and other ground covers to form the artwork. Below the lineage and heritage. surface of the portrait lay tile, layers of fertilizers and For the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Baker created Canada's North Star. This large, sandWade Baker with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. Courtesy Wade Baker/Sky Spirit Studio. blasted, stainless-steel maple leaf mounted on a granite base represents Canada's First Nations people as an integral and inclusive element in Canada, and also represents the goal or journey for the international Olympic athlete as many explorers followed the North Star. Canada's North Star appeared alongside many more artworks created by Canadian aboriginal artists at the 2010 Games, including Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Yahgulanaas created Take-Off, a copper bird figure tattooed with Haida manga, a new form of graphic narrative based on traditional Haida stories. The many artworks created for the games commemorated this important event in Canada's history, as well as the aboriginal people and traditions of North America.

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