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Phenomena 117

Janelle Dahlberg's avatar Janelle Dahlberg

Phenomena 117 is focused on giving things a second chance and a new life. The hand funnel painted tree was not harmed in any way, in its previous life it was dying and slated for removal. It is adorned with 117 hand funnel painted shoes that were all given up and destined for a new beginning. Every one of their soles are inscribed with dreams, wishes and messages from special people in my life. Can you find the blue flip flops that say, "I dream of seeing the ocean but I don't swim?" Or the pink wedges that say, "Hope, Inspire, Love, Strength, Fight On, #Team Banton?" Or the coral colored shoes that read, "I dream of painting the world (with a funnel)?" Or the children's shoes that say "I wish to someday ride a flying horse?" The paint used for painting the tree and all of the shoes was even given an opportunity to live again by being donated or found along the roadside. The soles have been transformed into souls carrying messages and will one day walk again.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 10'
  • Medium: Mixed
  • Width: 10'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 14'