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Hands of Reflection

Aerial view of entire work

Aerial view- close up of center piece

Proposal
What I have in mind is a place for community, hope, renewal, and reflection. This work would be made accessible to all. It would be laid out in a circular formation. In the center there would be four hands palms out flat- with no space between the fingers to reduce hazards. The hands would be about three feet tall and would be located on a small circular path that would have six other pathways stemming from it. Each path would then lead to a picnic table which could be used to study, think, meet with people, or simply think. The tables would be part of an outer circular path. In between the tables there would cast metal shirts of all types-men’s, women’s, and kid’s to encompass all people.
The circular layout stems from community; the idea of being united. It would be a highly used are especially in warmer weather as it would provide an additional are to pass time. It would be located right next to the library where the Cascadia buildings end and the UW buildings begin. All of the paths would be flat providing easy access to anyone- especially those in wheelchairs or anyone with any other form of transportation.

Artist Statement
I chose a circular formation because a circle has no end which in keeping with the themes of hope, renewal, and community, which inspired me, should have no end as well. I created an outdoor space to sit and enjoy the day, after having heard firsthand account of homeless people- one thing I heard in most accounts was the difficulty of finding a way and place to spend time that was available at any time and did not cost money. This is a peaceful place open to anyone. It’s functional and can serve someone as the space needed to be used in any number of ways. The shirts represent many people coming together and keeping the circle together. The hands can be seen as either a helping hand or one in need. Being within the bigger circle they will always be helped or be able to give. The hands are involved in the community ready to receive or give.

The Rope of Life

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Title,
The Rope of Life

Written Proposal,
I am proposing to create ¨The Rope of Life¨ sculpture at UW Bothell property. The sculpture is to honor the homeless with a concept pertaining to the idea that while every strand of life may break, hope will remain. The sculpture is to be situated in the grassy area between UW1 and UW2. It´s size will be 8 ft long and 5 ft high. It will be supported by a base that will contain a plaque with its name. Each broken strand will contain a different color representing the different areas of life affected by homelessness, the center unbroken strain to represent Hope. To stay in budget, the base will be made out of cement, but the sculpture will be created out of aluminum to withstand the environment.

Artist Statement,
Life resembles a simple thing like a rope; As simple as it may be yet so complicated and intertwined. Sometimes every strand of life breaks but when hope tears, You become a broken soul. What is your Hope?

Preliminary Budget,
$1000 for ten aluminum 4×10 ft sheets*
$500 for color paint
$500 for base cement
$3000 furnace rental for aluminum
$3000 payout for sculpture helpers
$1000 city permits
$1000 miscellaneous
Total: $10000

*per metaldepot.com

Climbing Home

Proposal:

In response to the University of Washington Bothell’s Call for Artists/Call for Social Change I have developed the following design for the “Climbing Home” sculpture. The concept behind the design is the symbolism of a ladder allowing the homeless the ease of “climbing” out of their situation. The goal of this idea is to urge the social system to make resources for the homeless more accessible and the dream of getting housing a reality. The ladder will be adorned with words of inspiration that the community and the homeless will relate to.

The sculpture will be of a steel ladder leaned against a brick wall on the Cascadia side of the campus. The ladder will be leaned against a wall of the building in a landscaped alcove across from the parking garage along the sidewalk on Campus Way NE. The ladder will be made of steel, simple in design, approximately six and half feet tall, and without extension capabilities or other unnecessary add-ons. A significant word will be engraved on each rung to aid in conveying the purpose and concept behind the sculpture and the emotions that will hopefully be evoked in the individual viewing the work. These words will be engraved in the steel and then painted with silver paint accenting every letter as to catch the attention of passers by.

This sculpture will be ADA accessible as it is along a sidewalk that is ramp accessible and it will also be out of the way of pedestrians and doorways. The sculpture will be placed in a garden area that is preexisting and even though it is visible from multiple windows it will not block them in any way. The ladder will be leaned at approximately a sixty-five degree angle to the wall and attached to concrete poured in the dirt at the base and bolted to the wall at the top. There will be shrubs planted around the base of the ladder that will grow to around two feet tall to detour anyone from trying to climb the sculpture. A sign that reads something to the affect that the University is not responsible for any injuries as a result of climbing the ladder will be installed in plain view at the sculpture site. Along with this sign there will be a plaque displaying the title, the concept of the sculpture, and dedicating it to the homeless as a symbol of hope and social change. The goal of this sculpture is to reach and impact as many people as possible regarding the issue of homelessness in the Seattle area.

 

Artist’s Statement:

I distinctly remember being afraid of homeless people as a child, and as I grew older my view was still negative as I saw them as lazy, jobless, addicts who had no desire of bettering their lives or themselves. Over the past few months as I dove into the social issue of homelessness my eyes were opened to the reality of this epidemic. I learned quickly that many homeless people are forced into their situation by circumstances that are out of their control such as the sudden loss of a job, domestic violence, mental illness, or other issues. I wanted to create a piece that would not only raise awareness about homelessness but would also highlight the issue of the social system. It is nearly impossible for a homeless person or family to get out of their situation on their own. They find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. A person needs a job to have a home and they need a home to get a job. There are programs that can remedy this problem but they are not efficient and often take many months if not years to actually better a person’s situation.

I was struck with the image of homelessness as a pit that people get stuck in with no way to get out. I decided to use a ladder as an image of a way to get out of homelessness and onto a better life. The words on the ladder represent the dreams of many homeless individuals: hope, help, heal, hire, and home. The ladder is a symbol of freedom but it also symbolizes the social injustice because on a ladder you can go up and down. People make progress in the process but often run into setbacks. This issue is close to my heart because, like me, many other people view the homeless as lazy, jobless, addicts who are not actively trying to make their lives better. My dream is that this sculpture and message will touch the lives of many, change their views of homeless people, and make the social system more efficient and able to help more people than ever before. 

 

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Up Not Out

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“Up Not Out”

Written Proposal: This project, titled “Up, Not Out” shall consist of two hands grasping each other. The approximate size for this project would ideally be the arms and hand at 6-8 feet each, this however does not mean that the total height of the project is going to be 12-16 feet considering the hands are to grasp each other at an angle. The height of the project will more likely end up looking like 6-8 feet height-wise and spread out about 5-6 feet, lengthwise so the hands can reach a correct apex. The hands will be placed on concrete or bronze plates so that the bottom of the piece lays flat on the surface that’s chosen.

The placement of this piece would be somewhere outside on campus, preferably in a grassy area between the library and the new UW building being created, if for some reason there isn’t a grassy area in between the new building and the library then I’d prefer it to be in between Cascadia and the library as there is a large grassy field over there. Since the idea is for the piece to be outside, I would prefer to go with a bronze statue (or bronze casted), the reason being the colors of lush green grass and a bright bronze brings an aesthetically appealing feature to the piece. The project should be wheelchair accessible, though if necessary a small concrete walkway that is wheelchair accessible can and will be made (again if necessary).  The pricing would approximately run in the 6 to 7,000 dollar range, however if the pricing becomes an issue due to the bronze then a cast or concrete would work just as fine.

Artist Statement:

When asked to do an art piece relative to the idea of homelessness, yet refraining from obvious images of the homeless, I first thought to myself how are others going to understand what I’m trying to convey? Through the process of creating this art piece I’ve come to learn that what’s most important is what the art piece means to me (in this case pertaining to homelessness) and if people who look at the art piece can take something positive away from it. With that said, my art piece titled “Up, Not Out” draws inspiration from a video I viewed on invisiblepeople.tv about a homeless man by the name of Rob, who is being interviewed by the folks at invisible people. As Rob breaks down his story on how he became homeless and how the housing system is not ideal, it’s easy to tell that Rob is a very intelligent and well-spoken man, which of course goes against the stereotypes that those who are homeless have to deal with. In his interview Rob said something that will forever resonate with me, when asked “What do homeless people need in order to get out of their situation” Rob replied “We’re looking for a hand-up, not a hand-out”. The idea that homeless people are looking for a permanent way out of their current situation, rather than something that can only mitigate their problem for a short amount of time, is an idea that sadly I hadn’t previously visited. In hindsight this particular video began to enlighten me on the issues of homelessness and more importantly about the people who are homeless.

                My art piece will consist of two hands grasping each other to convey the message of one helping another up, instead of simply giving something out. It’s a very simple image but I like to agree with the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”. I also like the fact that the piece’s simplicity will allow viewers to come up with their own interpretations, or what the project means to them a little more easily.

The Fountain of Hope

The Fountain of Hope

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Harsh Garhwal

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Home of Hope

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The title of this sculpture is Hoping Love. The sculpture will be a heart surrounding two people, one person will be a non-homeless person while the other person will be a homeless man. They will both be united by holding hands. The two people will be made out of bronze and the heart will be made out of some aluminum metal that is colored red.  On the floor there will be a metal box that says “ Give or take?”  The people will stand 5 feet tall, the heart will be 10 feet high, 15 feet wide and 1 foot long and the box will be 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

On the heart, a quote by Robert Fulghum will be engraved on the base around the heart so if you were to walk up to it, the quote would be easily readable. The quote will state “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” The word “Hope” will be colored yellow, to point out the significance of the word “Hope.”

This sculpture will be placed right in front of the new UWB building once it is built. I think that it will be a high traffic place for students to see my sculpture and people will see it everytime they enter the building. I think it will be best placed there because many people will notice it rather than somewhere where nobody walks next to

Title: Hoping Love
Materials: Bronze ($5 per square foot)

Aluminum ($4 per square foot)

Metal ($2 per square feet

Total cost: $2000 – $3000

Dimensions:

Heart 10’  x 20 ‘ x 1’

People: 5’ tall

Box: 2 x 2

Roof: 2×3

Artist Statement:

After having some time to think about the sculpture that is going to have the word hope in it, I have come up with things that represent hope to be added onto my sculpture. I wanted the word Hope to stand out from the rest of the quote that is going to be added on the heart. When people look at my sculpture I want them to realize that hope is not something that can be said, it is something that can motivate someone to do better within themselves by believing. Homeless people are normal people like everyone else, except that they don’t have a place to live. I want to address this because many people will often see homeless people as people who are lazy to get a job and are too busy doing drugs to have shelter. I see it all the time when people pass by homeless people. When I see other people judge homeless people, it really hurts me deep inside because most of the people who are homeless don’t choose to be homeless. I want people to know that we’re all humans, no matter the skin color, gender, race, sexuality and by the things that we have. Hopefully my sculpture will embrace this and eventually get more people to stop judging others. If I can change people’s lives by just making a sculpture by bring awareness to people about homelessness then I will. The heart will obviously represent love surrounding the people in the middle. I also wanted to add one non-homeless person and one person who has a home to let other people know that we are all the same. I can’t even imagine how a homeless person lives their life every day, not knowing what they’re going to eat or where they are going to sleep. I know that if I was ever homeless, no matter what happens I will still have hope. Hope in knowing that one day I will get back up on my feet and have a home. I hope that all homeless people still have hope, even after a really long time of being homeless. For the final touch of the sculpture, I have added a metal box that will say “Give or Take?” so if anyone would like to donate anything to the homeless, they can just place their item or money inside of the box. At the end of each week, everything that’s in the box will be donated to homeless shelters. Also. Any homeless person who happens to walk by can take anything they would like from the box. As for the quote by Robert Fulghum, it will give the audience or viewer the opportunity to read the quote, hopefully inspiring them to donate. I also have decided to add a roof above the heart to represent that everyone has a home no matter if they are considered “homeless.”

Lending A Hand

Lending A Hand

Lending A Hand

Written Proposal :

For “Lending A Hand”, I decided to use the metal aluminum, just because it is simply the cheapest metal in the world. My statue is standing approximately 1.5 ft. tall and requires the art of cast sculpting to create.

All the materials I used were: clay, a kiln, rubber skin molding, molding wax, investment plaster, approximately 5 pounds of aluminum (which roughly costs $1.03 per US pound), safety goggles, and a hammer. By using clay and a kiln, I was able to create a sturdy ceramic sculpture. By creating a rubber skin mold of my sculpture’s exterior using my ceramic piece, I then used melted wax to fill the rubber skin mold. Once the wax dried completely, I removed the rubber mold and had a hollow replica of my ceramic piece. I then applied investment plaster inside and out of my wax replica, and finally poured in the melted aluminum. The melted aluminum ends up replacing the wax, thus creating “Lending a Hand”.

The location of my public art piece will be placed right under the sky bridge, somewhat close to the food for thought side display window. I wanted my piece to be untouched by rain as much as possible in terms of rust. Not only will my piece be cemented to the ground, but it will also be connected to a cement block, in terms of stability, and moving purposes (which costs approx. $2000 for the entire process).

Artist Statement:

Throughout my lifetime, I have seen an abundant amount of homeless people. For this piece, I created an arm-like statue made of aluminum, which can resemble a man needing help getting up. By cementing this piece to the ground, I relate being from the “bottom” and needing help. In most cases, homeless people are usually not at the “top”, which is why we, as a community should lend a helping hand in any means necessary to bring the people from the “bottom”, to the “top”.