City Band

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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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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