Inspiration: I am fascinated (and sorrowful) looking at historical pictures of Nebraska’s architectural past. Our weather may be hard on buildings, and many may not have survived long, but I am also dismayed with the number we have lost that might have been saved. This heart sculpture collage is a tribute to our architectural heritage including what we have now and what we have lost.
Project Medium: Mixed Media Collage
Project Materials: Colored lightfast papers, paper painted with acrylic paints, acrylic pours or skins
Project Colors: The background will be painted blue with pinks and yellows to suggest a sky backdrop for the architectural elements.
The architectural elements will be the subject matter’s natural neutral coloring of blacks, browns, whites and metal color accents. I would create these images in a high contrast rendering to sharpen each image’s impact.
I would leave a spacing (about ¾”) between each separate image to give the heart a mosaic look and also visually define each architectural element. The sky background would act as a ‘grout’ between each image.
The base would be done in the collage media also, but done in greens and browns to suggest a land base.
This heart is a close-up collection of Nebraska’s architectural elements from across the state..The architectural elements depicted on this heart are not a whole representation of any building or object, but a part of that object. I will search historical pictures and take my own pictures for the subjects in this heart collage.
This collage might include images such as:
Corn silo slats
Iron fence piece in a cemetery
Brand sign at entrance of a ranch
Interstate bridge strut
Store front window corner
Pawnee lodge entrance