Our Art Opening

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Thanks to the support of all of you, Le Moyne College, family and friends, we were able to pull off our vision! We had a very successful unveiling of our piece! If you were unable to attend, here are some pictures from our opening…

Again, we could not have done this without the support of ALL OF YOU! Our sculpture will be up until the first week of May, so if you have yet to see this art in person, you still have time! We encourage you to utilize this space, eat lunch at the giant picnic table and browse our wide selection of books! Keep your eye out for changes to our piece as the weeks go on. Also, we know this space is outside and uncovered, so you may be wondering how on Earth the books are protected. It’s simple. They aren’t. Our goal is to show how the printed media and libraries are deteriorating, making the crazy Syracuse weather an important element to our process. Thank you once more for your support and all who have helped us throughout the months! We cannot relay how much we appreciate you! Keep reading, friends.

Today is the day!

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After some minor set backs from the storm on Monday evening and having to trash a few dozen books… We are READY to reveal what we have been working on! Don’t forget to come view AND interact with our work TODAY at GIFFORD TERRACE in REILLY HALL at 4-6 PM! We have put in a lot of hard work to this piece and would love to see your support!

AGAIN, our art opening and reveal is TODAY at 4 PM on Gifford Terrace. Our piece will be running for about two weeks so don’t worry if you can’t make it! We hope to see you there!

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It’s Getting Closer!

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Yes, Le Moyne College’s Indepedent Study in Art’s collaborative sculpture opening is approaching rapidly. It is still scheduled for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2014 AT 4 PM. We worked hard through yet another weekend putting in 15+ hours through snow, wind, rain, and sunshine. Here’s a couple of peeks at what we’ve been up to behind covered windows…

We still can’t give away everything YET! But DON’T MISS OUR OPENING, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2014 to see what the fuss is all about!

Are you getting curious?

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If you are a student at Le Moyne College, you’re probably wondering why the windows in Reilly Hall on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor are covered in multiple layers of paper and have a link directing you to this blog. For those of you who are not part of the Le Moyne College community, here’s a look at this strange sight as we were in the process…

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So now you’re probably all wondering why and what in the world are we trying to hide? Behind these windows, is Gifford Terrace Courtyard, and it is only accessible through a door on the 2nd floor, which is locked 24/7 and receives little attention. This seemingly insignificant space and often ignored courtyard is where we, Le Moyne College’s Independent Study in Art, are installing our collaborative based sculpture.

So what is it? It’s a SURPRISE! But, fear not, you have come to the right place for hints and sneak peeks of our work thus far. If you have read our previous posts, you will know that we have been collecting books, as many as we can get of any shape, size, color, and subject.  Ultimately, our goal is to create large scale books out of these much smaller books, but that’s not all! This past weekend, we began some HUGE construction on some of the other pieces that will be shown in the courtyard for ALL to enjoy and interact with.

Friday began at 9 A.M. with MASS amounts of lumber delivered to us, which then needed to be transported to the Courtyard. The lumber was heavy. Really heavy. Luckily, we were able to find some help from a couple of Le Moyne’s finest men, who were glad to help us move lumber. A few crunched feet and a little sweat later, all of the lumber made was moved to the Courtyard.

With the lumber in place, we were able to begin some serious construction on some of our pieces Saturday morning. Though we cannot give away the purpose and final product just yet for these pieces, here is a sneak peek of our very long, cold, wet, physically and mentally tiring, but FUN 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. day of construction…

As you can see, we got some serious work done, we were exhausted and most definitely SORE. We still have A LOT of work to be done this coming weekend as our  opening approaches, but we are ready! Check back for more sneak peeks, progress reports, and pictures throughout this next week! Also, be sure to check out our ABOUT section to read more on the artists and  And DON’T MISS OUR OPENING, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH, TO SEE THE FINAL PRODUCT!

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Updated “About” Section!

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Check out our updated About section to read more on the student artists involved in Le Moyne College’s independent study of art project! We are beginning construction next week, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates and pictures of our progress!

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Building a sculpture out of books is harder than it looks…

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So, now we are getting into the structural planning process. Step 1: Measurements. Nicole, Alyssa, and myself (Sami), went out to the Gifford Terrace where our installation will be, tape measures in hand. We quickly came to realize that this space is much bigger when you’re standing inside of it than it looks as you’re passing by from the inside of Reilly Hall… Inside of our space stands a metal sculpture that is welded to a concrete pedestal. One of our goals is to stack books around the existing sculpture to create the look of a book shelf. After taking and reviewing our measurements, we are going to need 8-9 feet of books on all four sides to hide the structure… That’s A LOT of books! Here’s Alyssa measuring the existing sculpture… We may need more books than anticipated!

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Step 2: How exactly do you build a book out of books? After measuring the space, we came up with a pretty good idea of what size we will be able to make the books. We began laying out books in the studio and trying different arrangements/techniques that will be able to best support our vision. Here’s some photos of our test run.inds5 inds4

The next step will be figuring out how to get these books to stay together… Glue, liquid nails, screws? If you have experience with building giant books out of books or have input on what would work best to hold the sculpture together, leave some feedback! Til next time!