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RuckusRoots Wind Chime To Show at Atwater Village Art Walk 2013

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We’re very excited about our new program, Chimes for Change, which will launch this fall. Until then, we’re planning on making lots of wind chimes out of found objects and recycled materials, and enlisting our friends to do the same. The more the merrier, we say! Our first chime is complete, and I’m very happy to announce that it was accepted to show at the Atwater Village Art Walk this weekend! So if you want to come down and see it for yourself, please do! We’d love to see you there!

Below is the the artist statement that will appear along with the chime, which is entitled “When One Door Closes.”

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WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES

By Christine Spehar

“When One Door Closes” is a wind chime made from found and recycled materials.

The story behind it is two fold.

Firstly, on a personal level, it is inspired by a transition time in my life when, in terms of my significant relationship, “one door closed and another opened.” At first traumatic, but ultimately transformative and positive, the experience reminded me of the importance of boundaries. While healthy boundaries (emotional, physical, etc) are essential for healthy relationships, breaking those boundaries down is sometimes crucial for evolving into something new, different and potentially better. Every material in the piece relates to this theme of boundaries: windows, doors, locks, keys etc. The piece is especially relevant to Atwater Village because, thanks to the experience that inspired it, I was able to move back to the Atwater community, which I love and have lived in for years.

Secondly, I am the founder of a small sustainable arts non-profit called RuckusRoots. We have implemented several programs in East LA communities for underserved teens, usually building art out of recycled materials and creating pieces that show our participants how art can be used to address community issues and affect positive change in the world. We are starting a new program called Chimes for Change this fall, in which we will guide at risk youth in constructing wind chimes like this one. We plan to make a song with the sounds the chimes produce, and to present the chimes with our students and collaborators at Sound Walk 2013.

Not your typical wind chime, “When One Door Closes” offers an array of sounds, from delicate to brash. Many elements of the piece, though old or broken, catch the light in a beautiful way. These features serve as a reminder that any significant relationship or experience is sure to bring with it the full range of human emotions: subtle and sweet, loud and harsh…and that sometimes so-called imperfections can turn out to be just the opposite.

 

The Research Phase: Interviewing Students

Nightingale TRASHformers interviewing fellow students about the art piece

After Thanksgiving break, we went back to D3 Lab at Nightingale Middle School, excited to begin a new phase of our TRASHformation program. As you may recall, we completed the waste audit and collected a lot of great materials for building a couple weeks back. The next step was for participating TRASHformers to interview fellow students around campus to gauge interest and collect opinions about the art piece. Since the piece will placed in a prominent spot on campus and will hopefully be something the entire student body can use and enjoy, it was important to do some R & D. Three different pairs of students ventured out to collect data from their classmates, asking questions like, “What should we build? Where should it be located? What color should it be?” Besides collecting information, the interviews also proved to be a great face-t0-face marketing tool for our program. Several students who were unaware of TRASHformation expressed interest in helping us build the piece, and we’re excited to welcome them on board as we progress. This week, we’ll be reviewing the results of the interviews and creating drafts of our art piece. Stay tuned!

Nightingale TRASHformers interviewing fellow students about the art piece
Nightingale TRASHformers interviewing fellow students about the art piece
Nightingale TRASHformers interviewing fellow students about the art piece