The inspiration from this artwork comes from the beauty of our sister cities and how much we are connected to them. When somebody looks at this artwork I want them to feel more connected to our sister cities around the world. The height of this installation art is 5 feet tall, the Earth is 1 foot 2 in tall, and the step is 7 in tall. The podium is 14 in wide and the Earth is 16 in wide. The installation art as a whole goes 1 ft back. The materials that I choose were cement, sheet metal, paint, brass, and then the materials it takes to actually make this art (like a bucket or a cement mold). The shape is a podium like base with a sphere (Earth) on top of it. When getting more in to detail, there is a brass name plate that has information about our sister cities on it, there is a mini statue of a Quail sitting on top of a gator placed on top of the Earth, there is a step at the base of the podium, and a two little markings on the Earth to show where Gainesville and Duhok are on the globe. The reason why I wanted to put a step at the bottom of this artwork is so that shorter kids (like toddlers) can still look at the art without having to have someone pick them up. The primary location for this piece of art would be at the Bo Diddley plaza in Gainesville and outside the Family mall in Duhok. There are lots of people of all different ages that go to Bo Diddley plaza and so it would gain interest of many different people. As an alternative location for Gainesville, the Sister cities pavilion would be a good option.
Letter to the Mayor
Dear Mayor Lauren Poe,
My name is Bella Cline and I am a 7th grade student at P.K. Yonge, and I am designing a work of installation art to represent the friendship between Gainesville and Duhok.
I’d like to propose a large sculpture, approximately 5 1/2 feet high, 14 inches wide, and 14 inches deep. Just around the size of an average persons height. This sculpture is made out of a few materials, the main ones consisting of sheet metal and concrete. This sculpture has a podium like shape made out of concrete holding up a hollow representation of earth on top of it.
When getting more in detail with this sculpture, there is a miniature Quail on top of a Gator, representing the Gator for Gainesville and the Quail for Duhok which would be placed on the top of the Earth. There is also a small engraving on the earth to mark where exactly Duhok is. On the podium you can find a metal plate that explains more in detail about Duhok and Gainesville’s Sister City relationship. To make sure that this sculpture is inclusive for everyone, I have included a small step about 7 inches tall and 16 inches wide for younger children you aren’t quite tall enough to see the whole sculpture.
Ideally, the sculpture would be installed prominently in Gainesville and Duhok. The perfect location for this sculpture would be at Bo Diddley Plaza here in Gainesville, I am still open to other locations such as The Sister Cities Pavilion in front of City Hall if need be. Please see the attached visualizations.
I hope my art work will inspire people to learn more about our Sister Cities and how close we are. I hope that it will be a physical reminder that brings joy to not only us, but to our friends around the world who we hope to meet in person one day. It will bring a sense of thankfulness and close the gab between us and other countries by knowing more and having more knowledge.
Thank you so much for your consideration,