Last week was the official opening of the new County Administration building! Despite the requisite nervousness, the artwork was safely delivered and installed, and now hangs for all to see on the 4th floor at the entrance of the Map Room. I thought you’d enjoy some installation pics!
It took a dedicated (and patient) team of five to measure and hang the artwork, which had its challenges due to the non-rectangular shape and the overlapping sections. Oh, and the fact that a smoke detector was installed in an unexpected location, low on the wall and slightly off-kilter to the right, making a centered piece appear off-center and potentially running into Bratenahl. Adjustments were made and cities were spared, and I figure I’ll just make a Kelley’s Island-shaped smoke detector cover :)
A lovely pic of the completed piece in its new home.
Which begs the question, what’s next?
There is always a bit of a depression after big projects end — not in the emotional sense, but more like pressing into a piece of clay and finally letting go. It takes time to regain one’s natural shape once the pressure is released. Time to breathe slowly again, time to find equilibrium, time for the stark emptiness of the studio to slowly be filled with new ideas and creative energy. In the meantime, a bit of rest and some planning. Finish a few small orders on my plate, and pick up and shake the dust off my shop. Call a few friends and family I’ve been neglecting, and watch a few more sunsets. And breathe a little more slowly and deeply.
Until next time, hug your loved ones~