As past of the 'Art in the Heart of the City' program this year, I was selected to create a sculpture on the Downtown Ithaca Commons. I created a sculptural bench that doubles as a play structure for kids. I constructed it during the annual Ithaca Festival and hundreds of people got to witness the building process.
"Yes, this thing is made from clay, sand and straw"
the site before
Bringing adobe bricks I made the week before
A special pass to drive on the pedestrian mall!
The foundation stones set
The arches formed
Adding sculptural cob to tie the arches together
Kids love it already!
with my mom!
More kids get involved
underside of the arches before plastering
Starting the reclaimed tile mosaic
Andrew, my faithful Ithacan building partner, enjoying the bench
Yes, arches are strong, even when made of mud!
the finished piece