Archive for March, 2009


The Swimming Cities of Serenissima

I’d invite all of you to check out this project. While I’ve got nothing this complex up my sleeve, the birdhouses are on their way. Watch the skies…

The Swimming Cities

From the website:
“The Swimming Cities of Serenissima is a fleet of three intricately hand crafted vessels that will navigate the Adriatic Sea from the Karst region of Slovenia to Venice, Italy in May of 2009. Designed by the visual artist SWOON, the floating sculptures are descendants of the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (Hudson River, 2008) and the Miss Rockaway Armada (Mississippi River, 2006 and 2007).

SWOON’s boats are inspired by dense urban cityscapes and thickly intertwined mangrove swamps from her Florida youth. The Swimming Cities of Serenissima are built from salvaged materials, including modified Mercedes car motors with long-tail propellers. The boats’ crew is made up of 30 collaborating artists from the United States.

As the Swimming Cities move toward Venice, the crew will collect and install keepsakes in an ark-like cabinet of wonders that will be on display on the boats when they arrive. Once in Venice, the boats and crew will offer intimate performances that incorporate music, shadow puppetry, and story.

The vessels are imagined as a hybrid between boats and bits of land broken off and headed out to sea. Watching them approach the shore is like seeing a floating city in the distance, as improbable as Venice itself. To the real life crew, the boats are a place of refuge – both a home and a way of moving through the world. To those who encounter the boats for the first time, they are a reminder that anything that can be imagined can be built.”

And for some interesting pictures…
Flickr Gallery of Swap Boxes


What to do, what to do…

In this post, Ottawa blogger RealGrouchy is wondering what to do with one of my street installation pieces, the “Annoying Protester Kit”. It seems to have wound its way into his hands…

Now I’ve got a whole lot of projects on the run and would like to give him a couple ideas as to what he should do with it…but it seems my powers of creative intellect aren’t so hot right about now.

Surely some of you readers have some creative suggestions for RealGrouchy…


Radio Interview!

Well, I was up bright and early at the crack of dawn on St. Patrick’s Day in order to do a brief interview with CBC Ottawa Morning.

This is the interview in question. Credit given to CBC Ottawa Morning.

And in the interest of introducing people to new art, here’s a link to Stefan Thompson

And do you know about Microbo?


A little Preview

A work in progress...

Well, the new swapbox is up in time for St. Patrick’s Day, and I’ll upload pictures in a little while. If I weren’t writing four term papers simultaneously right now, I would be working on another street-art project which I’ve had bouncing around in my head for a little while. I had wanted to make birdhouses out of scrap wood and pass ’em on to some other local artists who would then paint them and hang them up in public places.

That is going to require either a flat wood or forstner bit capable of carving out at least a 1 1/2 inch wide hole in softwood- something which I don’t yet have- or me purchasing a section of wood paneling with predrilled holes. Home Depot is usually great for supplies (even though I often find myself saying something to the extent of ‘no, I don’t need something with a higher rating. this is just for art’)

But I’m off to enjoy the gorgeous weather. If any of you want to check out a more extensive gallery of my work, you can see my old site at right about here


Swap Box Movie…comin’ soon!

Well folks…

A friend of mine has recently finished working on a five-minute short film about the Swap Box Project in Ottawa and plans are to upload it online in a few weeks. It’s got some great interviews with random passers-by along with construction shots. We wound up condensing close to 40 minutes’ worth of an interview with me into about one and a half minutes of sound-bites. I’ll write another post about some of the things i said in a couple of days.

More to follow. But in my ongoing attempts to introduce people to new artists, here’s the webpage of a local artist,


Ottawa Art- Tech Wall Images

A link to years’ worth of graffiti from the Ottawa Tech Wall, the legal graffiti wall over by Bronson and Slater Streets.
Tech Wall Graffiti


More awesome art and architecture

Dark Roasted Blend is one of the best collections of weird, fascinating and utterly compelling art and architecture out there. Plus it’s updated quite frequently. So take a look.
Dark Roasted Blend

Here’s a link to an awesome image series of abandoned power-stations.
Abandoned Buildings

And it’s fitting that they’d have uploaded a whole lot of pictures of art in my favourite city, New Orleans. The city has an amazing art scene (both in the sense of conventional art and streetart) and is, right now, the place I’d like to move to. Maybe after gradschool is done…
Art in New Orleans