As community members grow older and find themselves in nursing/ care and independent housing facilities they deal with aging and loss on a daily basis and find their mobility more limited. This sculpture brings a bit of adventure to the usual routine, weekly Locomotive Sculpture updates during the sculpture construction and the opportunity for hundreds of individuals to contribute to a large scale traveling sculpture that will visit and connect to the larger community. This project will establish a creative partnership with 8 nursing facilities in Minnesota. In collaboration, each facility will have two workshops with residents and their caregivers where they will be able to contribute significantly to the Locomotive Sculpture. They will be able to access this blog with weekly Locomotive Sculpture updates and caregivers and staff will have a bulletin board at the nursing facility that will also track the Locomotive Sculpture weekly as its construction progresses. After the workshops and final construction of the locomotive structure is finished, there will be a community event where the locomotive sculpture will be driven to the nursing facilities and invite residents and their caregivers to interact with and gather on the sculpture they helped create. When the 8 separate community events are over and visual documentation of the sculpture making process is made into a video there will be another event where the completed video is shown to the public.
Locomotive Sculpture is dedicated in part to my grandparents the Becks and the Sathers.
Participating Facilities have been selected!
The Minnesota facilities are: Ecumen Parmly LifePointes- Chisago City, Golden Living Center- St. Louis Park, Good Samaritan Center Heritage Place-Roseville, Good Samaritan Center- Inver Grove Heights, Good Samaritan Center University Specialties- Minneapolis, Good Samaritan Center- Stillwater, Ramsy County Care Center- St. Paul and Texas Terrace- St. Louis Park.
Check back soon for the latest building updates. I will begin in the next couple of weeks. I'm waiting for the official go-ahead and funding from The Minnesota State Arts Board. My first step will be finding a suitable and heavy duty vehicle. One that can hold up our sculptural locomotive.