Thursday, May 27, 2010
PRESS RELEASE: "Bailout" Ice and Penny Art Installation on the Vermont State House Lawn
Quint Welters will put his art piece "Bailout" on the State House Lawn on Thursday May 27th, 2010 starting at 8:00am. This installation is one of his projects that he has created as part of his education towards a Masters in Fine Arts in New Media from TransArt Institute. The medium used for this project is ice and 10,000 pennies and will be on display until it is completely deconstructed.
After growing up in Cabot, Vermont he moved to his parents/ homeland to attend college. After receiving his Bachelors in Fine Arts from ArtEZ in Enschede, the Netherlands in June 2009 he enrolled in the Masters degree program at the TransArt Institute. It is based on independent learning with two week residencies in Berlin and New York City. Last fall he returned home to Vermont and throughout the winter experimented with ice and snow to create his art pieces. "Bailout" is one of the works he created during this time.
"Bailout" was inspired by the current economic environment. Pennies are passed on the street on a daily basis and rarely picked up or saved. Quints piece shows that pennies may have more value than their reputation may suggest and the mere volume of pennies show their value from a different perspective. In this piece he has suspended 10,000 pennies in a block of ice. The public location was chosen because the core of Quints work is based on initiating narratives. As much as the actual ice is the artwork the reaction of the people that observe the meltdown of the ice is just as much part of piece itself.
Quint will be with "Bailout" until deconstruction is completed to be able to observe and engage with observers.
Quint Welters, artist