PUBLIC ART PROJECT / 2018

LINEMEN PROJECT

TRIBUTE to Linemen.

Platform Art created this sculpture to recognize the utility industry and the linemen’s role as first-responders. In collaboration with the Polk County School Board, this public art project provided an opportunity for student artists to work with a professional sculptor and display their completed art.

Sculpture designers:
Angel Mitchell, Gabby Thomas, Maddie McDaniel from Lakeland High School.
Location: Lakeland Electric HQ, Lake Mirror
Installed: June, 2018

The State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs loved our proposal to involve students in the design process, and an opportunity to work with a professional artist to realize a permanent public art installation.

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featured artist: BECKY AULT

Becky Ault is co-Founder of A.R.T. Research Enterprises, Inc. a full service Conservation/ Foundry Fine Art Facility; and Art Design Group, organized to design Public Sculpture, and accept commissions while providing a turn-key product.  AR was established in 1976, incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1981, provides high-end professional fabrication design and production services, upholding the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice set forth by the AIC.

INSPIRATION into REALITY

PROJECT history

We met Tracy Moore, founder of Highline Hero Foundation, through former City Commissioner, Don Selvage, in 2016. Tracy has made it her personal mission to speak about safety and to recognize Linemen as first of first-responders in times of natural and accidental disasters. She was intrigued with our concept to create a public art sculpture as a permanent visual reminder of Linemen and the electric industry. She recognized both the benefit and honor in memorializing Linemen as she had done so with her late husband, Marc, through her foundation.

A partnership was formed and Platform Art began to seek funders who shared our enthusiasm to tell this important story. The State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs agreed with our challenge to interpret the message of honoring Linemen and loved our proposal to involve students in the design process. We took it a step further by offering an opportunity for the students to work with a professional artist to realize their design in full scale, with substantial materials, as a permanent public art installation. The National Endowment for the Arts invited us to apply, the City of Lakeland supported the plan and others stepped up to provide the funds and resources necessary to realize this significant contribution to the City and the electric industry.

Students work and entries were showcased at the annual Platform Kids art party, 2018. The winning work was selected, awarding Angel Rose Mitchell, Gabby Thomas and Maddie McDaniel; and teacher Kimberly Mortimer, Lakeland High, for their creative and impactful design.

The girls used an odd combination of found objects to achieve their sculptural design including blinds, lightbulbs and coiled wire.  Artist Becky Ault worked with the students to evaluate their design and fabricate in solid stainless steel, 9′ in diameter and 12′ high. Tribute to Linemen is installed at  Lakeland Electric HQ on Lake Mirror, as of June 29, 2018.

Maddie, Angel Rose, and Gabby, along with their teacher, Kim Mortimer, traveled with Platform Art to Art Research Enterprises, Inc., Lancaster, PA to work with Becky Ault. The students learned how to sculpt, mold and cast with the Art Research team. View their travels in the accompanying photos and videos of the experience.

SUPPORT provided by
GiveWell Community Foundation

Carol and Barney Barnett Fund
George W. Jenkins Fund
William E. (Ed) Rumph, III Fund
Rita and Donald Selvage Family Fund

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN leadership gifts
Citizens Bank & Trust
Tom and Sally Petcoff
Esmeralda Piscatoula
UWUA Local 369
Walmart Store 1245
UTILITY WORKERS UNION of America

Local 1-2, New York, NY  •  Local 101, Jackson MI  •  Local 103, Muskegon MI

Local 104, Saginaw MI  •  Local 105, Royal Oak MI  •  Local 106, Battle Creek MI

Local 107, Grand Rapids MI  •  Local 119, Flint/Howell MI  •  Local 123, Lansing MI

Local 124, Ludington MI  •  Local 129, Alma MI  •  Local 144, Bay City MI

Local 150, Kalamazoo MI  •  Local 223, Dearborn MI  •  Local 253, Owosso MI

Local 254, Macomb MI  •  Local 257, Hastings MI  •  Local 258, Adrian MI

Local 261, Greenville MI  •  Local 270, Cleveland OH  •  Local 347, Traverse City MI

Local 358, Marion MI  •  Local 388, Campbell MI  •  Local 564, Midland MI

Local 18007, Chicago IL  •  MI State Utility Workers Council, Charlotte MI

PUBLIC ART campaign fund donors

Kathryn & Bruce Abels
Sue Bentley
Jon & Christine Boring in memory of Jesse Boring
Stevie Buck
Jean & David Bunch

Xuchitl and Nick Coso
Celeste Deardorff
Julianne & Nathan Dunham
Cynthia Haffey
Victoria Lowe
Michael Maguire
Alana W. Minear
E. Snow Martin, Jr.
Tracy Moore in memory of Marc Moore
Sheila & Carlton Phelps
John Pitts
Victor Prebor
Beatty & Maurice Raymond
Cappie & Phillip Walker
PUBLIC ART campaign fund donors
Kathryn & Bruce Abels
Sue Bentley
Jon & Christine Boring in memory of Jesse Boring
Stevie Buck
Jean & David Bunch
Xuchitl and Nick Coso
Celeste Deardorff
Julianne & Nathan Dunham
Cynthia Haffey
Victoria Lowe
Michael Maguire
Alana W. Minear
E. Snow Martin, Jr.
Tracy Moore in memory of Marc Moore
Sheila & Carlton Phelps
John Pitts
Victor Prebor
Beatty & Maurice Raymond
Cappie & Phillip Walker
WITH GRATITUDE to the following supporters:
Amanda Frankel Brice • Pam De Maria • Denise Freeman • Michael Handley • Trudy & Larry Rankin • Nancy Haffey Talton

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