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Work in Progress

Sofia and Bella installing at Bergstrasse 16. Work in progress called "The Fort"...at least for now.

I've decided to give a it whirl for Sofia (age 8) and Bella (age 10) to be creative with this shop window on Bergstrasse and do whatever they want in regards to making art -- within certain limits of course. After seeing two emerging artists implement both very different works, they were both thrilled and inspired to try something of their own. But what? At first Fia just wanted to hang all her paintings (which I will do at some point). And Bella proposed to display an arrangement of her elaborate Lego creations.

But instead, I posed  to both of them this. What if you were to build a fort for all the world to see? They loved the idea immediately. It's something that most kids are so familiar with creating in the privacy of their own home. The only thing I provided were the materials and helping them reach where they couldn't and tie knots when needed. Both Fia and Bella were excited to use old sheets, blankets and wire laundry racks to begin building. Fia asked me, 'What if no one likes it?'. I told her not to worry about that. The role of the artist is not to worry about pleasing, but rather to convey an idea or emotion in a genuine way -- some will like it, and some will not.  She seemed fine with that answer for now, and perhaps as they continue to install the work and begin to really see it from the sidewalk over the next several days, they'll understand how the meaning of the fort has changed from simply going from a private space to a public one. Most importantly, it's a chance for them to basically go nuts exploring and being creative using fabric, color, light and things they're familiar with and then in the end, be able to share it with their friends.  

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