What now, Phoenix?!??! Thanks to our lovely creatives at Artisan’s Asylum, Dig Boston‘s got the sickest boxes on the street! Five more to come…
In our attempt to battle vandals, drunks, litter bugs, and other corrosive elements that harm our infamous Dig boxes, we have been more than lucky to have the help and artistic direction of our friends at the Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville. If you are just tuning into this project, read about it here.
Last week I put out the first round of boxes on the streets of Somerville.
Amidst the rows and rows of newspaper boxes, our new and improved Digboxes stand out, not as sore thumbs but as eye-opening experiences for our readers and passerbys.
Instead of getting into the details here, Stefan and I threw together this webisode, which I will be doing for every round.
AFTER THE PICS, MEET THE ARTISTS FOR ROUND 2!
“TENTACLE” DIG BOX
11 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville
“BONES” DIG BOX
65 Somerville Ave, Union Sq, Somerville
“CHICKEN COOP” DIG BOX
Stick around for this one! Awaiting placement in Porter Square, Cambridge.
CAT TWEEDIE BALL
“RAWR: THE AWKWARD GODZILLA” DIG BOX
424 Highland ave, Davis Square, Somerville
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Make sure you get out and visit each box!
Now let’s meet artists of round two and see how they plan to pimp our boxes:
LOOK FOR A “THUNDERSTORM” DIG BOX
I hail from NJ, by way of NY and The Netherlands. I currently live and work in Brookline; I’m a nonprofit fundraiser. I’ve spent the last two years in Boston, and am excited to add a little piece of creativity to its landscape.It’ll involve clouds and lightening bolts. A thunderstorm on a Dig box.I’m also thinking it’ll be mostly stencil-based, using spray paint, although I imagine the technique will evolve as I work on it.
LOOK FOR A “VINE COVERED” DIG BOX
I’m spending a lot of my time these days making wire jewelry, but my formal education is in architecture. I’m really fascinated by buildings that incorporate vegetation, and I love seeing structures covered with vines, especially in cities where there just isn’t enough green growing stuff. I appreciate the uncontrolled nature of plants versus the intentional nature of the built world. I use vine motifs in my jewelry, and I’m going to apply that to the Dig box, perhaps just in 2D, but I have some 3D ideas, too! You can hide a lot of interesting things in vines, you know? FEATHERFORGE.COM
LOOK FOR AN “ANT FARM” DIG BOX
I’m a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and have been working as an artist for the past 4 years. I’m primarily a steel sculptor and illustrator focusing on themes of anatomy, mechanical design and how these two themes relate. I also make costumes, jewelry, installations, and kinetic toys and creatures. I’ll be departing from my typical themes and skillset for the Digbox to create a larger than life ant farm using foam, fabrication plastics, and a collage of sculpture techniques. Look for the square core sample of life beneath the soil coming soon to a street corner near you.
LOOK FOR A “CURVEY AND INDUSTRIAL” DIG BOX
I’m a high school teacher by trade, so public art is a departure from
what I normally do. Moreover, it’s an opportunity that doesn’t come to
too many teachers, so I’m doubly excited to be involved with this
project.One of my many interests is the industrial aesthetic of the middle
twentieth century: curved facades, steel, chrome, the evolution from
Art Deco to Atomic Age to Space Age. My Dig box, whose design I’m
still working out, will somehow reflect my love of those shapes and
LOOK FOR A “FLATWARE” DIG BOX
The Dig has many wonderful articles and advertisements on dining and the local vibrant food scene. Therefore, I plan to embellish all manner of flatware onto the boxes, with text directly stamped and hammered into the handles. In 2001, I was awarded one of the cod for the Cavalcade of Cod sponsored by Legal Seafoods, which now resides in their corporate office in Boston.
Tune in next month for the completion of Round 2 boxes and meet the artists of Round 3.