Project Progress

PROJECT PROGRESS: To date, I have collected three gallons of pennies! Will tally them soon. Check here for Project Progress throughout the year.

Monday, January 31, 2011

What should we make?????

So… we’ve got pennies! Lots and lots more pennies still to come, I hope! Now what? What kind of art should we make? I’ll start out with a few ideas I’ve had, and you can post yours as a comment below. This page will be accessible from the left side of the blog homepage all year long (under the heading "Group Discussions - Add Your Input!"), so keep those ideas coming! And feel free to comment on my ideas and the ideas of others.

1.     A Penny Fountain – A pool of pennies with streams of pennies coming up out of it and falling back into it. Representing, perhaps, a love of art (symbolized by the pennies which represent compliments) flowing up and out of the artwork and then back into itself as it enlarges the piece itself. Other interpretations abound: any ideas? Plus, the pool can continue to grow and become an on-going and forever changing work in progress!

2.     Along those same lines, we can add a figure to the pool… an artist drowning in a sea of compliments? Or perhaps an artist simply bathing in the compliments?  Again, many interpretations possible, as there should be!

3.     A shrine made from pennies – A shrine to compliments? A shrine to money (pennies are, after all, money)? A shrine to art? A shrine to Community? A shrine to creativity?

Some other thoughts phrases to get you thinking: Pennies From Heaven, A Penny For Your Thoughts, Penny Wise and Pound Foolish, A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned, In For A Penny, In For A Pound,  My Two-Cents Worth, Penny Lane, Penny Stocks, Penny Pincher, Worth Every Penny, Lucky Penny...

These are YOUR pennies. How would you like to see them incorporated into art? What would you like them to say?

Once we have a piece in mind, we can start discussing what it should look like and how it should be constructed. Do we shine the pennies, or some of them? Glue them? Solder them? Seal them? Spell something with them? Jingle them (to add sound to our piece)? Do we incorporate the silver change and dollar bills I've received or convert them all to pennies?

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!