May 2010


RHYTHM, LIGHT & ENERGY: PRODUCT Another common-law relationship artist ‘team’ has been successful this year, that of Barbara Yawit and Andrew Daoust, whose multi-part installation for Wendler Middle School, Rhythm, Light & Energy, can be seen in the photos below. Crafted of powder coated, waterjet cut aluminum panels with colored acrylic and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), these lanterns in the interior hallway are matched by a set of three larger ones mounted a slab on the west lawn of the school, visible to motorists on Lake Otis Parkway.

Yawit and Daoust have also recently completed commissions including the $24,000 Flame of Life at the Southport Fire Station #15 and another at the DEC Seafoods facility, to add to their previous ones including the twisted ladder at the Downtown Fire Station. The Wendler commission was acquisitioned by the Municipality for $150,000.

The two story open hallway is a common feature of modern public school design and it can be seen that the architects intend to grant the space some visual interest through clerestory windows, exposed structural elements, or lighting arrangements already in place. According to Wendler’s Principal Joel Roylance, who also served on the commissioning panel, Yawit and Daoust’s concept as originally approved suspended the lanterns in the space between the horizontal light bars. Engineers insisted that they be more firmly attached, regimenting the geometry and changing the Energy from kinetic to potential. The LED lumens barely compete visually with the much brighter flourescent fixtures, although the photo does show faint glowing effects.

In the entryway, the notion of suspending shards of colored acrylic like broken pottery above the lobby offended no safety concerns and the results can be seen reflecting various interior features surrounded by daylighting and flourescent. In the photo at left Here again the artwork seems to be occupying space already meant to have been made interesting by the architecture. These uneasy fits and unseemly compromises are the result of not including artists in the design stages which are properly part of any construction budget and which are the most fruitful times for felicitous commissions. This is something in the Statute that should be amended, and architects should support this change. A revealing quip from the latest prospective claims that “The 1% for Art Program and the project architects … are working together to plan and implement integrated artwork.”. The bureaucrats and the technocrats seem to see the artists as ancillary.

via ArtSceneAK #701  January 15, 2008.

You Need To Stop Taking Pictures Of Me When Im Sleeping!!

Mom says:  probably a good thing, since the lights still aren’t working.

Mom says:

Let’s try this one.

Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet – and save the world from monsters! Linked to both national and state mathematics standards, the game gives students a chance to actually think like mathematicians.

Pictures of  Wendler Middle School’s 1% Art.

These sculptures represent the Northern Lights.

These sculptures change many colors, just like the real Northern Lights.

I Might Have Some Information On The Creator Later.


Nyla was walking down the aisle of Nordstrom’s with her two best friends when they saw him. Greg Hanson. He is THEE most popular guy in school, not to mention the cutest! Unfortunately, that’s when it all happened. Nyla tripped on a bump in the carpet and fell face flat on the floor….. In front of EV-ER-Y body. And as if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, when she tried to get up, she tripped in the foot of a rack, and it toppled onto her knocking her down again. She could hear the laughter through the piles of clothes that covered her head. The next thing she knew she was being pulled up by two pairs of newly manicured hands. When Nyla looked up, she saw one thing that she wished she didn’t. Greg was laughing at her, and if he was laughing, that means any chance with him she had, is out the window. As soon as she was standing, she bolted out of the store, with her friends close behind.

Chapter 1.

When Nyla Emerson was just seven years old, she went to a wedding with her parents. That night everybody decided to do karaoke, she was fine jus watching all of the adults making fools of them selves when her dad picked her up and put her on the stage. When she was handed the microphone is when her love for singing began.

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