Umbrella Studio Inc has hired me to facilitate the building of a 10 metre papier-mache and chicken wire caterpillar for the Groovin’ the Moo festival next month. Dozens of people have participated in the building process.
One important aspect of a project like this is the community interaction that happens. It’s fascinating to listen to the wide range of conversations occurring as people glue bits of paper to the chicken wire base. Many of them have never been involved in a community art project. We’ve had participants of all ages, from young children to retirees, taking part.
This week, after attending seven Saturday afternoon sessions some of the group finally got a chance to start painting. Because we wanted this to be a fun project, we haven’t set any limitations on what the group can paint. So far, there’s a screaming caterpillar, various insects, and a flower, among other things.