Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
Tape Art Crew: Erica Duthie, Struan Ashby, Michael Townsend
Image Courtesy of Tape Art
Drawing From Our Past: A Tri-Town Tape Art Festival
July 12 – Aug. 3
Celebrate the history of the tri-town Pentucket Region by creating a collaborative life-sized mural of characters from our collective past using only colored tape (Yes, tape!).
Internationally acclaimed Tape Art of Rhode Island will be visiting our communities this summer to lead this extraordinary public art project.
his summer’s public art project was made possible by a generous Creative County Initiative grant from Essex County Community Foundation and support from the Haverhill Bank.
Part I — July 12 – 20
The Festival opens with Tape Art artists spontaneously creating mini-murals on public spaces in the three Pentucket Towns. Meanwhile, a Tape Art History expert works with our local historical societies and libraries to research key characters from our community’s past and records information about each individual on index cards.
Part II — July 21 – 26
Tape Art and a team of local artists create over a hundred life-sized human silhouettes using only colored tape (Yes, Tape!) and the back exterior walls of the Pentucket Middle School as a canvas.
Part III — July 27 (rain-date July 28) 1-4 p.m.
Pageant Picnic Day: This is the BIG event! The tri-town community is invited for a day of creativity on the grounds outside the Pentucket MS.
Participants are given one of the historical index cards. Working alone or in small groups, they turn one of the pre-fab silhouettes into the historic character on their card using only colored tape (Yes, Tape!)
Short demonstrations on how to draw with tape occur throughout the day to help us get the hang of the process. Music from local artists, food trucks, and summery treats round out this relaxed day of community creativity.
Once the mural is complete, participants are shown how to remove their tape art character and re-tape them individually in spots around the three communities. This temporary art exhibit stay ups in the towns for 7 days.
Part IV — July 27 – Aug 1
Tape Art interviews participants who are interested in being part of the Drawing From Our Past video that documents the process.
Part V –Aug. 3
Tape Art Wrap Up: A Public Debriefing. Participants retrieve their Tape Art historic characters and bring them all back to the Middle School to become one big, round pile of tape. We’ll enjoy some light refreshments as we discuss the process, and the value of public art and working together as a community. We’ll view the “Drawing From our Past” video and see examples of other very impressive Tape Art creations from all over the world.
Learn more about the whole project here
Buffalo, New York
Tape Art Crew: Leah Smith, Michael Townsend, Kristen Carbone