[Neiss, Jason] Mejdlaya Installation Art

Written Concept

Two trees. Oak and Cedar. Gainesville and Mejdlaya. Growing yet eternal. A lasting friendship.

Letter to the Mayor

Dear Mayor Lauren Poe,

My name is Jason Neiss. I’m an 8th grade student at P.K. Yonge, and I am designing a work of installation art to represent the friendship between Gainesville and Mejdlaya. 

I’d like to propose a large sculpture, approximately 7 feet high, 15 feet wide, and 3 feet deep – just taller than a human being to inspire awe while remaining approachable. This sculpture, in the form of a ball sliding (representing the way we and Mejdlaya connected) surrounding a miniature wetlands habitat (to represent Gainesville), would embody the relationship between Mejdlaya and Gainesville that began in 2006. Please see the attached drawings for more detail. The sculpture would be metal to be in line with most of the other sculptures around Gainesville, while also being strong and resistant to weather. 

Ideally, the sculpture would be installed prominently in Gainesville and in Mejdlaya. The Sister Cities Pavilion in a park would be a perfect location. Please see the attached visualizations.

I hope my artwork will inspire citizens of Gainesville to learn about Mejdlaya and Lebanon. I hope that it will be a physical reminder of our friends in other countries. When someone looks at it, I hope they think about how big the world is, and how we have friends on the other side of the world that want to meet us and share their culture with us. It will bring our cities closer together, it will celebrate our friendship, and it will make the world at once more wondrous and more accessible to the people of Mejdlaya and Gainesville.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jason Neiss

Gainesville Installation Views

Mejdlaya Installation Views

3D Model

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Budget and Materials List

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