Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mosaic / Sculpture Crayola Artist

An artist creates sculptures using up to 250,000 colouring crayons
Picture credit: HERB WILLIAMS / SOLENT

Artist, Herb Williams, 36, uses so many crayons he has a personal account with manufacturer Crayola and has the company on speed dial.

His works include animals, household items, and celebrities, such as this sculpture of Johnny Cash, the Man in Black

The smaller works sell for around £650, while the larger pieces have a price tag of £40,000

His most iconic portraits include Barack Obama...

...and a naked Marilyn Monroe, made primarily of peach-coloured crayons

He lists artists such as Damien Hirst, Banksy and Duchamp among his influences and describes his work as "post-post-post-pop"

The married father-of-two from Tennessee said: "I'm one of the only individuals in the world with an account with Crayola and have more cases of crayons in my studio than anyone should have a right to own"

The crayons are delivered in single-colour boxes of 3,000 sticks and fill his studio from floor to ceiling.

His work may be purchased online at: Herb Williams Art

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Become the Change You Seek

John and I were recent guests in the home of our good friend, artist Arlene Elizabeth, and her partner, Ruth, for the unveiling of Arlene's new origami mosaic in the likeness of President-elect Obama. We were each invited to write something on the piece which will, eventually, be sent to the White House. I wrote, "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." (not my words) John wrote an Abraham Lincoln quote.

After we left, Arlene emailed me to say, "...we reviewed the writings and realized a pattern involving quoting or paraphrasing significant words that reflect ideals. We unanimously agreed to call the piece "Be the Change[You Seek]"...another quote, another ideal, another inspiration."

This particular Arlene Elizabeth mosaic was made from 1,000 origami paper cranes and contains hundreds of different colors representing every skin color imaginable.

This participation was a very touching experience for all.

For the locals: Arlene and family will carry this piece to the Berkeley Farmer's Market this weekend and will be there from 10-3 on Saturday. Please stop by and sign it with your own messages of peace and change for our country. Become a part of history! Become a part of the change!

Berkeley Farmer's Market
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way


This is Arlene and Ruth's son, Ian:

The artist's neighbors also participated in the event:

Dave, writing his message.

Valerie and John

Yes we can ALL help effect change in this country!

Stacy Alexander