My name is Sky Darwin. And this is what I have been up to for the last 18 months.
The above article is from last years Sites Pacific Tour. Over the course of two months, I travelled the coast of Oregon and Washington by truck, foot, bicycle, kayak and sailboat building sculptures inspired by the landscape and available material. You can see pictures from that trip here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shiftwood_sculpture/sets/72157634735502766/. And video here: https://vimeo.com/album/2530598
I also created a sculpture garden in Lincoln Park, Washington which I maintained for over a year: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shiftwood_sculpture/sets/72157633805601397/.
Along with that, I am a retired professional dancer and have been working as a professional stage technician, production manager, carpenter and mechanic for the last 13 years. I have taught at 3 colleges and over 30 public and private schools as well as touring nationally and internationally with several dance companies.
I am in the process of a 2014 Sites Pacific Tour from San Diego to Alaska over the next 6 months, building sculptures, teaching the form and figuring out a way for the art to pay for itself: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shiftwood_sculpture/sets/72157639735013034/.
- Create an Arts in Education Program to teach the form, ecology and philosophy behind the art. I have already done a lot of off the cuff lessons on the beach and at Farmers Markets over the last year and am working up a proposal for the Schools and Parks Departments of cities that I visit.
- Sell prints and custom framed pictures. I have an art dealer in NY who is interested in shopping my work around to several galleries.
- Create and sell 3 E-Books: One about the first year of developing the form. A second about the 2013 Tour. And an ongoing book about the current tour which will include tutorials on how to build the sculptures. Eventually they will be available as actual coffee table books.
- Apply for grants to do Site Specific Installations that will be Community Events.
- Do Markets, Festivals and Gallery shows to sell sculptures and pictures.
- Shop the work around to Aquariums, Children's Museums, Natural History Museums etc.
- Create Performance Pieces with dancers, musicians, poets.
I have paid out of pocket for all the gear, printing, travel and time spent over the last 18 months. I have been traveling for 2 months from San Diego to the Bay Area figuring out how to make this work in California and have a solid business plan based on what I have learned. I want to avoid dipping into my emergency fund which is enough for a major vehicle repair and the trip home. I need to pay for the following which is an investment towards making the art pay for the tour:
- Prints and glass to make custom frames for perks and to sell.
- Festival & Market booth fees.
- Permits, Passes and camping fees.
- Food, and of course, gas.
I will regularly post receipts to this campaign to show how much and where the money is going to and how much I am bringing in. I live frugally, rarely eat out or pay for campsite or hotels. I will be couch-surfing and back-road camping as much as possible. And I will make every penny count.
Your contribution will help me develop an absolutely unique art form with strong roots in education, community and ecology. No one else is doing anything like this and I want to share it with as many people as possible. The kids light up like a 1000 watt bulb when they get how it works. And I have seen people moved almost to tears by the way the sculptures move in the wind. Everyone from skate punks to bankers tell me how much they like the work.
I am utterly committed to this art form, it is my life's work. I have walked, biked, kayaked and sailed hundreds of miles and built sculptures in remote places under difficult conditions. And I have no intention of stopping. Somewhere between where I am right now and Alaska is a person, persons or an organization that will help me make this even more of a reality than it already is. We will find each other, it's just a matter of time, distance and effort.
Thank you for your time and contribution, especially if it is telling others about what I am doing.
More press links below:
Peace Project Submission
Zac Corum, artisthttp://mileslostmilesgained.org/blog/shiftwood-sculpture-inspired-elwha/
Seattle Times, Susan Kelleher
West Seattle Herald