[Chase, Jackson] Mejdlaya Installation Art

Written Concept

The artwork will be a large tree, one half will be cedar and the other half will be an oak. The cedar represents Mejdlaya and the oak represents Gainesville. Height – 10 feet tall, 3.5 feet wide and 3.5 feet deep (circular). It would be made out of wire (armature wire) with a wooden trunk of the tree.

Letter to the Mayor

Dear Mayor Lauren Poe,

My name is Jackson Chase. I’m a 8th grade student at P.K. Yonge, and I am designing a work of installation art to represent the friendship between Gainesville and Meldlaya, Lebanon. 

I’d like to propose a large sculpture, approximately ten feet high, ten feet wide, and 4 feet deep – just taller than a human being to inspire awe while remaining approachable. This wired sculpture, in the form of a Lebanon cedar tree on the right (to represent Meldlaya) and an oak tree to the left (to represent Gainesville), would embody the relationship between Meldlaya and Gainesville that began in 2015. Please see the attached drawings for more detail. The sculpture would be wire. 

Ideally, the sculpture would be installed prominently in Gainesville and in Meldlaya. The Sister Cities Pavilion in front of City Hall or Bo Diddley plaza would be perfect locations. Please see the attached visualizations.

I hope my artwork will inspire citizens of Gainesville to learn about Meldlaya 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 Meldlaya and Gainesville.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jackson Chase

Technical Sketch

Gainesville Installation Views

Mejdlaya Installation Views

3D Model

Budget and Materials List

Suggested Artists

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