Everest Easel

2014 ArtPrize Entry
  • That's me, Russ, smiling but freezing at the foot of Everest nearly 659 feet above sea level. Stephen Lucas, my friend in the foreground (his strong hands being featured), does a yeoman's job in holding the backdrop, while photographer/daughter, Danielle Riendeau, takes the shot.
  • Everest Easel in her glory--snow falling
  • Everest naked and not happy about it.

Please come and see The Everest Easel. Feel free to sit, stand and pose with Everest. Have fun, have a party, send pictures to your friends "Greetings from Artprize! We're standing at the foot of Everest and I can see the world below!" I'm new at this whole artist/sculpture adventure. 15 months ago, I'd never bought a tube of acrylic paint or created any sculpture other than a snowman and a cardboard box fort in the basement, at age 8. Whatever inspiration that triggered my desire to create fun/funky/out in left field abstract art like this easel has been a exciting, scary ride into the unknown. Please join me. I woke up one morning last fall, with an picture of a Dr. Seuss-like, leaning/listing/tipped/bent and ready to topple artist easel in my head as a sculpture. The Everest Easel is now the tallest portable easel in the world. Standing over 15 feet tall and weighing over 1300 pounds, with snow always on the peak, as you'd expect. My easel is like a Golden Retriever--she loves to be around people, hanging on her, petting her, getting your selfie pictures taken and hamming it up, strike a pose--what ever you want to have fun. I wanted this sculpture to encourage us to look through the open canvas and see what opportunities we can paint for our own lives. Life is imperfect--like Everest's bent limbs and frame--and we can adapt our lives to help us attain our goals and encourage young people to dream, to try for the fun it and not worry about the outcome. I'm happier when I'm looking at the world through a big, open canvas, rather than the limitations of my own concerns of how the world see me. I built Everest with hopes of installing her in a public space to generate fun, community and encourage others to set big goals and just start with a single step.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 7 feet
  • Medium: steel beams, tubing, angle iron
  • Width: 7 feet
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 15 feet 3 inches

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

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