The concept of my artwork are two people holding a flag to represent Gainesville and Naryn coming together to establish a new culture together. Naryn’s person will have their traditional hat and clothes, to represent their culture. Gainesville’s person will have some regular everyday shorts and a shirt to represent an average Floridian. The goal of my art work is to remind people of how big the world is and to make people want to learn more about sister cities around the world. I propose a Sculpture that is 8 feet tall and 9 feet wide all together. The people holding the flag will be 6 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide (including their arms) just above an average human. The materials that will be used is a metal flag pole, a custom flag, and the people would be carved out of wood. The location of the artwork will be in front of the PK Younge auditorium parking lot because there are many blank areas that could use the help of a colorful sculpture.
Letter to the Mayor
Dear Mayor Lauren Poe,
My name is Natheniel James. 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 Florida and Naryn Kyrgyzstan.
I’d like to propose a large sculpture, approximately 8 feet tall, 9 feet wide, and 1 foot deep – just taller than a human being to inspire awe while remaining approachable. This metal/ wooden sculpture, in the form of two people holding a flag (to represent Gainesville and Naryn), would embody Naryn and Gainesville coming together to establish a new culture. Please see the attached drawings for more detail.
Ideally, the sculpture would be installed prominently in Gainesville and in Naryn. In front PK Younge’s parking lot near the auditorium would be the perfect location for this sculpture. Please see the attached visualizations.
I hope my artwork will inspire citizens of Gainesville to learn about Naryn. 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 Naryn and Gainesville.
Thank you for your consideration,
Gainesville Installation Views
Naryn Installation Views
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Budget and Materials List
These materials and a custom flag.