(ready, set, go!)
We arrived in Rauma, Finland on September 1st and have been buzzing along since. We are staying in Old Rauma, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The setting is inspiring and the old architecture provides a constant memory of the history of this place.
The center piece of the three month artist-in-residency is a community public art work. The design team consists of two artists-in-residence selected by RaumArs, Suzanne Morlock and Glenn Messersmith and local Rauma artist and expert lace maker Tarmo Thorström. Together they will create a work of art for a local park, Parpansali Park, in Old Rauma.
The collaboration includes Rauman Seudun Katulähetys who are participating with design refinement and fabrication, Eurajoen Romu Oy who generously donated the recycled materials that will form the art work and Rauman kaupungin Wihertoimi the City Departments who have jurisdiction over Parpansali Park.
As of this writing, we have submitted plans to the City and received the materials. We have build the lace making table which is 4 meters wide, possibly a new record for lace making. Now we are testing out techniques for fabrication. Early next week we meet with the City for a review and hopefully final approval of the project.