2012 ArtPrize Entry
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The experience of being on the ground, or in the air, at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® attracts hundreds of thousands of people, truly from all over the world. My artistic challenge for Art Prize is to bring the excitement of the field of balloons to canvas that is 6-feet tall and 20 feet wide. This subject also allows me to delve into my passion for history, merge it with my passion for art, and produce a historical narrative. All of this satisfies my desire to create a work that can be understood on multiple levels: Compositional design;  Color and shapes;  Light and shadow;  Movement and texture;  Sequence and process of ballooning;  Documenting historical accomplishments;  Portraits of ordinary people and ballooning celebrities. To gain permission to portray specific balloons and people, I contacted balloonists from around the United States, and indeed the world. Their stories and photos fill my notebooks, and enrich my spirit.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Width: Total is 20 feet, composed of 5 panels, each 4 feet wide.
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 6 feet, installs at 8 feet from the floor.

Venue & Connection Information

The specifics of the work: It is six–feet tall and 20 feet wide. The medium is oil on canvas. There are five canvas-wrapped panels, which are each four–feet wide, and weigh 18 pounds. The image extends around the sides of the panels. The work installs with the top of the canvas eight–feet above the floor, leaving two–feet of wall below the canvas. There are metal cleats on the back of each panel that could be hung on matching cleats fastened to the wall. Alternative installation can be discussed. As with most artwork, good lighting is important. As of April, this work is still in progress.

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

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