Squirrels on Locust?

For those of you out there who don’t know, last year I designed a sculpture for a public art project at the University of Pennsylvania. The project was called Squirrels on Locust, and was funded and installed by the Art Club at Upenn. The concept for the project was put forward by Senior John Agbaje, and I designed the sculpture that would be reproduced over 30 times for a large scale public installation. Each squirrel was bought by different student groups at Upenn, and then painted once the sculpture was cast. It was a lot of work, and my schoolwork definitely suffered due to the amount of time spent on this project…

I bring it up now, because the squirrels were re-installed this year and have created a stir in the Philidelphia media! Here is a link to the Fox29 news story. There will also be another story in the Philadelphia Inquirer tomorrow. I will post that link when I have it. All in all, there have been over 4 stories about the project in the Daily Pennsylvanian (that link takes you to the other story). The projects website put together by the art club is still up and running, and the link to it is on the right hand side of this page.

Here are some photos of the project to show how much hard work went into the whole thing, and how dick it is to steal them. Could they have been secured a little better? Yes, with TRIPLE the budget that we were working with.

This is the original clay, which I then casted in plaster so that I could take it on the train back to the iladelph.

The arms were glued back on later. Once little whitey was down in the studio (art club headquarters), I then made 4 silicone molds so we could cast an entire army.

The one on the far right is the first one we cast, the one in the middle was in need of repairs, and the one on the right is a final copy. This is what they looked like before being painted. I don’t have pictures of all of the different paint designs, but it was really something to see them all being painted and individualized. I met a lot of really great people, and the project was a great success. Except for the theft. Oh, and a few were broken into pieces, but still — everyone got involved!!!

Great job to everyone involved, and I hope that they are all found and brought together again.

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