Saturday, April 15, 2006

Making an entrance! The public art project

So the Making an Entrance project is getting a bit whacked.

I was one of the lucky ones to have my designs accepted and put on their website in the hopes that sponsors would purchase the doors for $2000. I would receive a door, and $1000 to decorate it as per my drawings.

Great idea and common in the world of small scale public art projects ala pandamania, the party animals, etc...

Except they have no (or very few) sponsors. A while back artists were asked to provide info on leads to market towards. Odd, I thought, since surely they
have a larger mailing list than I do.

Yesterday I received a rather unapologetic letter requesting that artist go ahead and BUY THEIR OWN DOOR AND CREATE THE PIECE so that potential sponsers may have a better sense of what they are getting.

So.. lemme get this straight...i'm supposed to upfront the costs of a PUBLIC ART project that has specific requirements/limitations/forms AND send them POTENTAIL BUYERS so that they MAY buy them. All that and I get to keep half minus costs?

yeah, sure. here's my emporer's new door:

Somedays, being an artist sucks.


Stef said...

that is crazy! Didn't they do any fundraising beforehand to offset costs? Are you still going to do it?

Reya Mellicker said...

Are you still going to do it? Funding the arts is always sketchy, it seems. Your drawing looks really cool.

Anonymous said...

raw deal. hope you told them to blow.

theresa bcl

Erin said...

being an artist sucks most of the time. at least that's my stance at the moment. :(

your design looks really cool though... it's a shame.

rania said...

what were they thinking?

hey, maybe you could do a door like this in your own house! heehee.

igotmoxie said...

huh? whaaaaaa?


stoopit shady farty people.

Christina said...

that really doesn't make any sense. If they can't secure funders based on artists' drawings, they shouldn't be going ahead with the project. I've never heard of a public art project being produced on spec.

Sean Hennessey said...

yeah. strikes me as horribly inconsiderate and disorganized.