In August of 2020, Chicago arts not for profit, Cabinet of Curiosities Chicago put out a call for art for “boxes of hope,” they’d provide the box, you’d but the art in it. I love putting art in boxes, so I signed up right away and got a box. It’s shown above as installed at a Cook County Forest Preserve, which are kind of like a state park, but managed by the county instead of the state.
Here are some in progress shots:
I repurposed some of my many Balance & Tension mobiles, made for that time I had two overlapping solo shows, and painted more of the hoops. Inside the box are 5 copper egg shapes, with a blue-green patina.
The two circular holes in the back of the box allow it to be strapped to a tree without harming the tree. It’s always a fun challenge to make work that can survive the outdoors. And even though the show was only to be a month or so, I acted as if it would be outside for much longer. The blue is exterior grade house paint and all the hoops are coated with a clear sealant. The copper egg forms are both glued and nailed into places, as are the wood hoop forms.
And here’s a view of it on another tree:
Photo credits: Gina Lee Robbins, Elaine Luther
All artwork shown is Copyright Elaine Luther 2020.