The Things We Carry

Submitted by Joseph Castle

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Client: Herritt Center

Location: Twin Falls, ID, United States

Completion date: Jan 01, Array

Project Team

Artist

Joseph Castle

Client

Herritt Center

Overview

Primarily, the Herritt Center is a natural history museum, and I wanted my work to respond to this aspect. To do this, I collected animal remnants and turned them into three dimensional bronzed relief sculptures. The bronze and the different patinas placed on the sculptures gave the sculptures a quality of permanents and captured the images in time; similar to the prehistoric bones seen throughout the museum.

Goals

Primarily, the Herritt Center is a natural history museum, and I wanted my work to respond to this aspect. To do this, I collected animal remnants and turned them into three dimensional bronzed relief sculptures. The bronze and the different patinas placed on the sculptures gave a quality of permanents and captured the images in time; similar to the prehistoric bones seen throughout the museum.

Process

The museum director and I worked so that the sculptures in the 1000 square foot space were presented so that the viewer could get a sense that they were being told a story. This was achieved by placing the sculptures to read right to left, similar to a book, and to give enough space from one to the other so, that it would give space similar to paragraphs in a book.

Additional Information

“For art students at the College of Southern Idaho, the exhibition was a proverbial eye-opener as they begin their own journeys toward becoming artists. The craftsmanship and professionalism, the scale of the work, and the dedication of the artist spoke volumes to the students and visitors lucky enough to see the show. The community of Twin Falls rarely gets the opportunity to see work of this quality. I think we are all a little bit better for it.” Joey Heck, Exhibits Director, Herrett Center for Arts and Science, College of Southern Idaho and Twin Falls