360 Degrees Vanishing
A Project by Selven O'Keef Jarmon and Art league Houston
360 Degrees Vanishing, a series of four monumental beaded tapestries to be mounted on the exterior walls of Art League Houston’s (ALH), is in the final stages of phase one of its creation. The tapestries have been fabricated by a group of fifteen highly skilled beaders from sewing co-ops in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. They traveled to Houston in three groups over an eight-month period beginning in the summer of 2014 and ending in the winter of 2015. Over 1000 volunteers from across Houston, ages 5 to 93, worked in tandem with the South African beaders. The creative community that grew up around the project reflected the global diversity and spirit of Houston.
Phase two of the project began in March of 2015 with the completion of the engineering plans for the framework and installation. Cardno Haynes Whaley Engineers (engineers for The Menil Collection and the new Glassell School) have been generous partners in solving the engineering challenges of this exceptional project. They obtained the permit from the City of Houston Planning Department in February. We are so grateful to Larry Whaley who came on board early in the project to volunteer their structural engineering services.
Poised to begin construction, we are working with Telelpesen to fabricate, construct and install the framework for 360 designed by Cardno Haynes Whaley Engineers. Weather and wind have been taken into consideration. The construction firm has been a great resource of ideas, knowledge and understanding and has worked with us to create an affordable budget.
To date Art League Houston and Selven Jarmon have raised over $100,000 for 360 in Houston; South Africa has donated almost $50,000; and we have raised another $100,000 of in-kind support (donated beads, wire frames, the space age thread that holds the beads in place, housing, food, transportation, etc.). We still need to raise $75,000 to complete the project. Our immediate need is to raise $65,000 now to move forward and to match anticipated funding.
360 Degrees Vanishing addresses the gradual disappearance of the beading culture within South Africa in particular, as well as the vanishing parts of various cultures that are taken for granted but have been disappearing from our everyday lives. 360 Degrees Vanishing re-imagines the possibilities of how a traditional medium, such as beading, can be re-visioned and re-activated by placing it in a new context and landscape. This project is an international cultural exchange with South Africa and ALH is working with the South African Government as well as the Craft and Cultural Hub of the Eastern Cape and the South African Cultural Minister's Office.
The work in Houston was supported by communities across the Eastern Cape, the South African Government and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. In Houston community partners include: Rice University, Texas Southern University, Project Row Houses, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Kerry Inman and the Bermac Building, Texas Southern University, Workshop Houston, Whole Foods, Phoenicia, Houston Bead Society, Our Image Film and Arts, The Morgan Family Foundation, Louisa Stude Sarofim, Sarah Paschall Dodd, Poppi Massey, The Beadery in Providence Rhode Island, Softflex, and Zulu Creative.
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The Esplanade Project
Established in 2012-2013, The Esplanade Project is a community driven, temporary public art installation project designed to invigorate Houston’s lower Montrose Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhood. This program is in partnership with the City of Houston and is a pilot project for the City of Houon. Participating artists receive an artist fee for the design, creation, and installation of their work as well as funding for materials and associated expenses.
Funnel Tunnel, the first project, is a 180’ sculpture and temporary public art installation on the esplanade directly across the street from Art League Houston by Houston artist, Patrick Renner. Renner’s project. The sculpture was on view from August 2013 through January 2015 and dedicated to the memory of Houston artist Lee Littlefield.
Art League Houston is excited to announce that the Funnel Tunnel will take on a new form in New Orleans’ Poydras Corridor! This summer the Funnel Tunnel will get a new life as part of a project to bring attention to the visual arts and the artists of post-Katrina New Orleans. Local artists will assist and install the artwork on a Poydras Street median.