City Band

2012 ArtPrize Entry
2012 10th place

Heartbeat, drumbeat, drum line, lifeline, timeline. Lines. In ancient mythology, The Fates were responsible to create, weave, and cut the thread of each life. It was a metaphor for the scope of one’s existence. A beginning, a middle, and an end. And yet, when the life is cut, the story of that life, or the memory of what was woven from that thread, endures. While a loved one is gone, the memory of them lives on. Their legacy continues by those who remain. With City Band, I attempt to create a visual narrative that plays on the idea of one’s life equating to lines, physical ones and metaphorical ones. It is a drawing of my grandfather, Virgil LaPorte, and his high school band mates from 1925. These adolescents are very likely deceased. I wish to create a common thread with his history and mine, physically weave those lines together with a pencil, and resolve that composition into something that endures. A visual timeline, lifeline, drum line, drumbeat, heartbeat.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 ft
  • Medium: Pencil on Paper
  • Width: 23.5 ft
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 13.5 ft

Venue & Connection Information

This is a very large work on paper. It will require a wall at least 14 feet tall and 24 feet wide. it will be presented without glass, so a small partition would be recommended to prevent viewers from touching the drawing. Humidity and temperature control would also be ideal.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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