Girl Scout "Green Art" box

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Project by EPJartisan posted 04-25-2011 05:25 PM 1363 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Like I have on my profile, I really enjoy doing joint projects with other artists and artisans. My friend Yva Neal is a Green wall artisan, she uses plants to create huge walls of living art… the plant colors and shapes as her paint. She was approached by a girl scout troop #20162 to for a “green living art” project. Yva, not being a woodworker, came to me to help make the wooden structure for the aluminum flower boxes. Off of a rough sketch, I made her design exactly, and now she calls me a wood-wizard or a psychic carpenter. (I get called all sorts of things.. lol)

So here is the final project. Built out of recycled flooring plywood, and re-purposed head boards. Designed for plant aeration and portability. The girls scout troop came down to my studio and I showed them how I run my shop as green as possible, reusing everything more than once, recycling everything I can, trash as art materials, and how to succeed without a lot of money. I got every expression from “Wow, I could live here!” to “This place is dirty. When are we leaving” love kids.. LOL.

The girls finished the box by painting it to match the plants, I even gave them bags of cedar chips, walnut shavings, and maple dust for textures in the paint. The Green Living Art piece was on display an art gallery and then at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum where it was auctioned off on April 22 for Earth Day charity. Great time, love watching kids make art.
~ enjoy

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 05:35 PM

As a kid I loved puttering around in workshops. Great post and nice to see the younger generation getting involved.

David L.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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