Report III: The Art Square

Hello Again

 

Photo by Mal

Our coverage of Earth Garden is ending with this final installment. We would like to tell you about the Art Square that our Tree was part of. It is a tradition that all summer festivals have a small place dedicated to the arts where you can find various objects and stands.

Photo by Mal

Our Art square was quite big this year: we had two comic stands, a photographic exhibition, seven independent sculptures, two stone workers and a painter working on site, a dawning exhibition and a huge oil painting. It was an incredible company and every one worked from early hours on the day one to set it up.

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

We have heard unofficial statistics that around 12 000 people visited Earth Garden during the week end and we are pretty sure that most of those who visited had passed through the art square in some way or another. Let us tell you all the artists had a great turnover and were proud to create the right atmosphere for the event. Most people enjoyed the experience. That’s why most of the artists decided to leave their work for the night…

Photo by Mal

Yet among the visitors, there were few who decided to ruin the thing. On Sunday morning we have found the Art Square ransacked. Nearly all objects were affected. One of the mannequins had lost an arm, another sculpture was poured with liquids and its paint damaged. Drawings were either dirty or tarnished, the oil painting was kicked. We also suffered: two artworks were damaged and two other stolen. We also had to re-arrange seven pieces as they were apparently pulled and if it wasn’t for strong ropes they may have been taken too. We will spare you the photos of how it looked. We decided to show you a new set up instead.

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

So on Sunday we have put the boyfriends as bodyguards and also provided a bench for those who wanted to sit under the tree. We have replaced missing artworks with small bird houses and re-opened the site for visitors.

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Come to think of it all, we  would appreciate to have our artworks back. It took a lot of effort and materials to make them.  We kind of understand that somebody enjoyed Rita’s labor and wanted to take them home. If those guys have asked, they’d probably get an autograph alongside with the artwork with no cost. But taking them at night is really unfair.  The stolen artworks are The Orb and The Hive you can see them below on the photos. Please if you are reading this, return them. They have a great value to us!

*EDIT* We have received the news that the bench that you can see on the photos was also stolen. We have left on the Day 2 between 6 and 7 pm and left it with the security guard. If you have been there later and seen it, please let us know.

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 Having said that, we don’t understand why some folks decided to destroy the whole site in the middle of the night. We are not sure if the same group also ransacked the camp site but for sure many things got stolen or destroyed.

Photo by Mal

There are lessons in defeat. We have been thinking how to prevent this from happening and came to the conclusion that a volunteer patrol around the art section would actually help. We have been doing that three times at Roskilde Festival and its always fun. We are going to discuss this matter with the organizers and if they agree, you can expect Art Alert on the next Earth Garden.

We want to finish on a positive note. The day 2 was as splendid and the first one and we loved to be the part of it all. We hope that we managed to get our message across how nature and man made artifacts can be combined together. After all, this year is Biodiversity year for the EU and it is something we all should think about.

At the beginning of this project we were joking that we had collaboration with Mother Nature. To our surprise, in our guestbook we have found a dedication from Gaia.

Photo by Mal

Perhaps, indeed she liked to work with us. Well, that was mutual. We love you too, Gaia.

And to all who visited us, commented, helped us or just simply enjoyed the experience, here’s a thank you card. It also goes to those who couldn’t attend and we know they would love to. Wish you were here.

Photo by Mal

Till the next project,

Mal & Rita

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Report II: The guests

Aloha!

 

photo by Mal

As promised, we are posting a second part of our report from Earth Garden. This time we would like to tell you about our visitors.

photo by Mal

Over two days we had a pleasure of meeting some exceptional folks and had countless conversations with people from all places and walks of life: art students, comic lovers, professional and established artists, activists, tourists from The UK, Thailand, US and Germany…to name a few.

Photo by Mal

Some our guests came to see the tree before we even set up the installation properly. By 11 (so just two hours after we arrived in Ta`Qali) we had already comments in the guestbook and tons of photos taken. Impressive!

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But it was around the midday when our tree became an ultimate chill out zone. People decided to shelter themselves from the sun and started to camp under the tree. We wanted to count how many people chose to do so, but we lost the count quite quickly. It must have been a large number of visitors. Some just stayed for a moment and enjoyed their lunch; some others brought pillows and remained all afternoon. Some were sleeping under the tree for hours. And we even had a group of German tourists who brought musical instruments and played their tam-tams until the evening hours!

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

The tree proved to be popular during the evening as well. We had dancers performing under the tree at dusk and people sitting under it when attending Tribali jam on the near by stage.

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

On Sunday morning we had to re-arrange our tree because it was (like the rest of the art area) ransacked and some of our artworks were stolen. But that didn’t stop people from coming. Early Sunday morning was a peaceful and heartwarming experience. We have been discussing art, politics and football with English artists and listened to some really good blues.

Photo by Mal

We also had taken some photos with our friends from Malta Comic-Con and Friends of The Earth. Some passers- by also joined us for a series of fun photos!

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

At the end of this report, we would like to share with you some of the comments that we have received in our guestbook. We find them pretty amazing and would like to thank those who signed it and visited us during the two day exhibition.

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

You folks made us proud!

 Much love,

Mal& Rita

Raport I : The Set Up

Welcome again,

 

Orb by Rita, photo by Mal

Earth Garden is now over and we would like to present you with the effects of the project. It had been an amazing experience and we have so much to tell that it is not possible to do it in one post.

So we have decided to start off with explanation of the set up itself.

We arrived at Ta` Qali National Park at 9 30 am on Saturday June 5th. The workers were still setting up stages and even offered us a helping hand with the hanging.

Photo by Mal

As soon as we unpacked, we began to visualize how to place the paintings all over the tree as they were of various sizes. It is always handy to divide them in two groups (what goes in the front and in the back). That way we managed to create something of an open-air art gallery. We wanted to surround our guests with various works or art.

Photo by Mal

One of the main principles of the projects was to use as little materials as possible and to make sure that they could be recycled. So we went for ecological rope with silk, metal wire and ribbon leftovers.

Photo by Mal

 

The rope was not only made from recycled materials and was perfect for hanging heavy objects. It also came in a beautiful shade of purple so we had artistic quality and a bargain in one.

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Metal wire was secured with a transparent tape to make sure the frames weren’t damaged and was used to support the paintings.

Photo by Mal

Ribbons covered what needed to remain hidden and were used as banners. After all who needs paper, when you have a black marker and a lot of creativity?

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

In the end we have created a beautiful site that combined man-made with natural forces. Our spot offered not only a place to enjoy art but also became an ultimate chill out zone in the festival grounds.

Photo by Mal

But about that we will tell you a bit later. Stay tuned.

Mal&Rita

Preparation complete

 

This is the last update before we launch our project tomorrow morning at Earth Garden in Ta`Qali in Malta.

For the past few weeks we were relating to it as “an agricultural” work. We have decided to combine the art of nature and the art of man. Therefore we want the general public to realize that we cannot just marvel at the man made and dismiss what is created by nature.

We truly believe that a new definition of art is required, something to truly reflect the rich heritage of human kind.

So from tomorrow, for two days, art will literary grow on trees. We are particularly proud of the fact that we used basic materials and that we kept ourselves to the minimum. We had to play MacGyver at times but this way art will be in first place. Some of the artworks were created using natural materials so that’s another link between the man and the nature.

We will be celebrating an artistic collaboration with Gaia.

Right now test-growing is positively finished and we are all set up. You can see some photos below:

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

We have also decided to gather some materials for upcoming projects while we are at Ta` Qali. You may know that we  published a series of short stories called Monday Stories at local Schlock Magazine.

Our main heroine Seline Monday is a DreamChampion – a person who is able to enter other people’s dreams. We created a new Seline short story especially for Earths Garden and we put in the guestbook. We will allow people to write the rest of it.

We are going to start re-publishing old Monday Stories on this blog later in Summer, longer entries, edited and with new covers. That will be (we like to call it) Season I. Season II will start in Autumn and will begin with the story from Ta Qali.

If you want to read the preview, please scroll down:

“The tree of art and dreams

 

I am very grateful that you have made to this place.

 

Let me introduce myself. My name is Seline. You can call me an unusual traveler or a DreamChampion. My purpose is to visit people’s dreams, both good and bad. Each night, when I close my eyes, I am transported to a different place and experience a different adventure. I used to enter dreams for a mere pleasure and curiosity, but not anymore.

 

I am chasing after someone, who calls himself An Architect.  He steals dreams that we have each night. His goal is to stop us from entering Dreamworld and keep all its treasures for himself. For what purpose, I don’t know.

 

I have made it this far, to this tree. But I am not sure where to go from here. This is where
I need your help. Each painting on this tree leads to a different dream. Please chose one, touch it, close your eyes and tell me what you see.

 

Record your thoughts. This will help me greatly. Perhaps you will even be able to tell me who The Architect is…

 

Without your help I may not be able stop him. And we may lose all our dreams…”

 

Photo by Mal, drawning by Marco Attard

 We hope that you will find this project interesting. Please drop by and say hello.

It will be easy enough to recognize us. As much as our character Seline, we have a thing for cats and crafts. We may be wearing one of the designs below:

Photo by Ma;

Photo by Mal

Plant a seed and watch the art grow

 

painting by Rita

Last night we have posted a link to some of the new works that are going to debut over the weekend on our installation. Now, it`s time to reveal all the pieces that we are about to grow on trees. Below you will find the links to Rita’s Deviant Art gallery and you will be able to see each and every painting in digital. This is for those, who will not be able to attend and still would like to know what’s in store.

And the artworks are:

Mavis:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1h6p43

Science of things:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1q84nu

Altamonte:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d20vddb

The core

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1qr6f4

Daybreak:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1a8c2t

Masterplan:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1akqsp

Caught in your trap:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1aozvc

19 days:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1b7kb5

Substance:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1ci6nc

Elenna: Stawards:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1gcppv

The Hive:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1jepj6

Death Garden:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1ieypg

The Nest:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1m4xk2

The Devil’s Night:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1oxrw8

The Orb
http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2r157m

Broken:

http://realmofzaterra.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2r194v

If you are going to meet us this week end at Earth`s Garden in Ta` Qali in Malta, we will appreciate if you come and join us and tell us what you think about the project and the idea behind it.

When visiting the Gallery, you can always click on `download` button to see  the artwork in high resolution.

Now if you excuse us, we have to start test growing. We will keep you updated in the afternoon.

Mal&Rita

We`ve got the materials

We have spent the afternoon like busy bees. Shopping is done. We have got now a nice set of materials required for the project. Our goal was simple: not to spend a lot of money and yet gather materials that would be used (and re-used) after the whole thing is over.

We have spent 30 EUR in total and got what we needed:

a)      3 meters of hard metal wire (8mm)

b)      a pair of wire clippers

c)      purple silk rope (5 packs, over 30 meters)

d)      10 meters of white ribbon

e)      10 meters of orange ribbon

f)        blank white and golden guest book

We shopped locally so the carbon print of the project is very low. This is very important.

You can see the set of materials here:

Materials

photo by Mal

Also the Art is prepared now. 16 pieces in total.  We will test grow it tomorrow.

Art

photo by Mal

In the evening we will start writing. Please stay with us to see how the project is developing.

Mal&Rita

Art to grow on trees…

Do you believe it is possible for art to grow on trees? May sound like a fantastic theme but we are going to prove it is possible. All that it takes is creativity, a little bit of improvisation and materials and of course Art.

But before we reveal more about the project, let us introduce you to the most important ingredient: a tree.  Obviously we couldn’t grow one ourselves, so we teamed up with Mother Nature. So far the collaboration looks very promising.

We were told this is an old orange tree. It grows in a public park and is been there for at least four decades, maybe longer. No one is quite sure. On thing about it, it doesn’t bloom anymore.  

We may not have magic powers but we thought that at least for a short while we can make it bloom, and it is going to take place this week-end.

So, before Saturday morning arrives, we will disclose more and more information about what we have been preparing for the last coupe of weeks.

So far we have some really nice photos for you to look at.

Mal&Rita

photo by Mal

 

Photo by Mal

You are welcome to click on the photos to see them in a high resolution. We appreciate comments and please watch this space for future announcements.