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tour of the lands

ima printmakernew friends, Tad and visitor's pavilion

Today was the first day we were able to walk the grounds of our new home.  It was packed with information and logistical tasks.  The park is making nice progress but still has a long way to go.  Richard McCoy was able to fill us in on all the progress being made and it’s encouraging to see things becoming solid.  One of the tasks for the day was to get our security badges which gives us access to the bowels of the IMA.  We were fingerprinted, given a quick and confusing tour, then we were off to romp the lands.  We looked at all the projects being worked on including the visitors pavilion which will serve as a charging/ blogging station during the project.  It keeps with the IMA’s style of swanky-ness and will be a nice refreshing change from the cramped island at times.  It’s tall, clean, and full of glass.  When walking around the 100 acres I kept thinking about how nice it will be to live amongst all the trees.  Especially now, everything is so vibrantly green it’s really energizing.  

One of things on the list of things to do was to find a rowboat and get out to the island.  This is the first time I’ve been on it since our first visit before I even knew this was something I wanted to do.  It was rainy and gray but it felt so good to row out to our new home.  One thing is for sure; we have a lot of work to do to make this someplace we can live for an extended amount of time.  After taking some quick measurements, Jess and I paddled around the lake, soaking up the experience.

I almost forgot. There has been talk about someone from the New York Times interviewing us about the project. I feel a little shallow getting excited about this but hey, it may never happen again.  The whole process was mysterious. We sent the times we were available to talk but didn’t really know how it was going to happen.  2pm Friday, we get a call from an unknown number and have a quick conversation.  It was relatively painless, questions we’ve already been asked and things we’ve been thinking a lot about lately.  NYT, no big deal, piece of cake.

 

this is the life

Jess had a show yesterday. She’s been working really hard on it and it’s added to the chaos that is our life.  We’ve both been doing shows for a couple years but one drastic change that this project brings is the media attention.  The external affairs coordinator from Herron grabbed us after the show to talk about the island.  It’s flattering and exciting, however, i can see it getting old if we are trying to do something or just enjoy the show.  I’m not complaining, it’s an honor to be a part of the project but there are a lot of things going on in our life and i like to talk about those things to.  Anyway, the show was good, a wearable art show at the sculpture building.  They put together a runway and had a very nice presentation.  Jess has been doing “figure painting” and you can see how she interprets that.  

Jess and her figure painting

 

Herron Interview

 

two worlds

Jess picks a seat

Most of our time working on this project is on our own. We know what we have to do to make this project work and it’s up to us to do it.  There have been several interesting moments were we realize that we are part of a larger institution and have to worry about publicity, liability, and all kinds of grown up/ real world things.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to be a part of but it’s so much different than any other project I’ve done sometimes I feel like I’m out of my element.  We are meeting so many people that are doing so many different things to make this project happen. 

So far they are all agreeable. I hope that keeps up.

 

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