Create a creature head entryway to a film festival screening area
Chicken wire, papier-mâché, plaster strips, and paint held up by 2×4 posts. Wanna watch a movie? Enter through the demon’s mouth!
First off, I found an ad for a sculpture sort of piece needed for a film festival series going on in Cambridge, MA, through September. They’d done it once before, and were recruiting help for this time ’round. Basically, they wanted a big creature head that would function as a doorway, so you’d walk through the gaping mouth to enter the festival screening area. It was a cool sounding project, and the ideas they had for the series sounded awesome, so I jumped on board. Coordinating the few people they had proved tricky, especially me with my 3-week Poland trip right in the middle of the time I had to make the sculpture, but we pulled it off.
All in all, I contributed the chicken-wire frame (who’d have thought I’d keep using this painful material after the cave?) and a coat of gesso primer. While I was gone and when they could, the rest of the team applied the papier-mâché, paint and backing for the pieces to mount to its 8′ stanchions. I also put the grommets on the sheets that blocked off the rest of the area from traffic and noise.
The festival went pretty well for the first few nights I was present. Unfortunately, my other jobs got in the way of regular attendance, but I was content with the project’s outcome.
Head on over some Monday night if you’re in the area! (You can ignore Google’s photos, they’re outdated).