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Project Gallery - Phoenix Project




GALLERY MAIN PAGE | SLIDE SHOW | TOTEM POLES | SKY PROJECT

PHOENIX PROJECT | EMBLEM QUILT | QUILT SLAM | APOLLO'S ASCENT


2006
The Feathers of the Phoenix

TRACI MOLLOY, PROJECT DESIGNER

"The impetus for the design came from a conversation I had with a camper the previous year. She had painted a version of a Phoenix for her Apollo's Ascent postcard. When I asked her about her image, she stated simply, "The Phoenix lives forever." In mythology, when the Phoenix is about to die it bursts into flames. It is reborn out of it's own ashes, thus never really dying. In many cultures, the Phoenix holds a position of high honor, reserved for individuals that demonstrate great virtue and strength.

For the project, each child was asked to make a "feather" for the Phoenix. The imagery for the "feather" could be based on a person they wished to honor: someone who has supported them, a person of great personal importance. The imagery could be figurative or metaphoric; it could be a name or a phrase. Each "feather" would begin as a 12" x 12" page made using watercolor crayons or watercolor pencils. The images were then copied and converted into a feather shape to be attached to the sculpture. All of the original paintings were converted into accordion bound books. The campers' "feathers" were all placed on the underbelly of the Phoenix. The imagery created by the staff were all placed on the top of the bird. When the Phoenix is lifted, we see all the imagery created by the campers - their designs are at the base of the bird, supporting the other images. The Phoenix also glows in the dark. In Greek mythology, the song of the Phoenix is said to be so beautiful that Apollo stops pulling up the sun every day to listen to the bird sing. He resumes his job once the Phoenix has finished her song."

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