Drinking Fountain Idea
Drinking fountain installation art by Travis Sommerville.
And I thought I was the first to thought of using drinking fountains for art. Oh wells, at least I have some sort of reference now. Anyway, this is one way I can present my work at the drinking fountain sites, by painting directly on the “sink” instead of its surrounding areas. However, one concern I have is that will my work pollute the drinking water? I do not exactly like his racist expressions in this work as well, by associating Muslims with bombs. Also, it seems a little too 2D to be painting directly on the “sink”. I would prefer something more interactive that truly transforms and occupies the space.
Mosaiced 3-tiered drinking fountain
It will be interesting to have a huge mosaic piece on the wall right behind the drinking fountains. When one is drinking from the drinking fountain, he/she may not be able to see the full picture of the mosaic, but when he/she steps back, a sense of amazement can be felt when the random tiles of colors form an image.
Extraordinary Water Pictures
If I decide to use photography in my drinking fountain project, these images can be a point of entry, to trigger more ideas. The other side of the wall can look like the underwater section of the building. It can be a scene from somewhere in the building, with people carrying out their daily activities, but in an underwater environment. Or it can also create an illusion of a water tank, with people in it, not fishes.
Bedroom in the pool
This image is similar to what I have in mind about creating a underwater space in the wall that mirrors the space in the building mentioned above.
The most gorgeous waves – Clark Little
The patterns, colors, lines and forms created by these waves looks almost like an abstract painting. It is also possible to fill the wall at the drinking fountain with abstract paintings inspired by patterns and forms of the water.
Pictures of animals from the safari
My original idea for the drinking fountain site, is to transform it into a natural landscape of a safari/grassland/oasis where the drinking fountain itself will become the oasis/lake/pond, and animals (in silhouettes) crowd around it to drink/bathe/play.
OSA’s Leopard, Eagle and Butterfly Illusion
I have always loved patterns and lines in nature, like the veins on leaves and petals, patterns on tree barks, animal prints, and the designs on butterflies and certain spiders. These optical illusions that camouflage the animal within its pattern is a possible installation I can use in the drinking fountain area. When the person is drinking, he/she will only see lines, but when they step back after drinking, there will be a ‘ooooooh’ moment when they realize what the lines form.
Clare Graham Art
This artist is amazing at transforming trash to functional art, using objects like bottle caps, tin cans, buttons etc.
Chinese porcelain inspired Johnnie Walker bottles
Imaginary landscape to go
Possible art installation around the recycling bins, by creating landscapes within cardboard/recycled boxes, or even in tin cans and glass bottles and have them lie around, hung, placed around the recycling area.
Michelle and Nathaniel Stitzlein
These artists use recycled materials to create beautiful installations, mostly of objects related to nature like owls and butterflies.
Non-trashy recycled and trash art
These recycled art pieces are just AMAZING!
1.Tim Nobel and Sue Webster
Their shadow sculptures are truly one of a kind. Without the direct light shining, the mount of trash will simply look like, well, a mount of trash. It can be easily mistaken by the anybody, and be swept away. I guess that’s the message they are trying to send, that trash can be art, when “placed in the right light”. It is all about perspective.
2. Sarah-Jane van der Westhuizen
With a couple of layers of gold and silver spray paint, trash are instantly transformed into sculptures. With a uniformed surface, we no longer concentrate on the components that make up the sculpture, but instead we focus on the sculpture as a whole.
3. David Mach
I am blown away by his hanger sculptures. Who would ever think that hangers can be used for art! Definitely my favorite piece among all the recycled art pieces I’ve seen so far.
4. Tim Gaudreau
I like his idea of taking photographs of his trash everyday. It is something that I can do too, but instead of just pasting all the photos of my trash on the walls at the recycling area, I should classify the pictures of my trash according to recyclable (paper, metal, glass) and non-recyclable items, and place them next to the respective recycling bins.
5. Tom Deininger
His pieces are fine art alright, especially his rendition of Monet’s Water-Lily Pond with recycled material.
6. Kitty Wales
Her hovering shark sculptures transforms the forest landscape into a pseudo-seascape. A very interesting manipulation of space. This is something I can do for my drinking fountain idea, where I somehow transform the indoor environment into somewhere outdoors or under the sea.
7. Charles Kaufman
His crushed can art is simple and very do-able.
8. Chris Jordan
Like Tom Deininger, Chris Jordan also uses recycled material to re-create master pieces: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte by Seurat, with 106,000 aluminuim cans. Simply amazing! His other works in the Running the Numbers series focuses on how much trash consumerism culture has generated
Jennifer van Winkle – the forest REPAIR-ations
This is similar to what I have in mind for the recycling area originally, by converting it into some sort of a natural landscape made of recycled materials. My very first idea was to create a bird’s nest with shredded brown paper and cardboard, and paint an aluminum can blue and make it look like a bird in the nest.