Thursday, April 9, 2009

(W.R.A.P.) The Gas Station Project

Jennifer Marsh is the founder and director of the International Fiber Collaborative.
Its' first project was to provide an opportunity for people who enjoyed working with fiber arts, whether professional artists, hobbyists or students, to come together from all over the world to express their concern about the worlds extreme dependency on oil. The project was called the World Reclamation Art Project (W.R.A.P.), otherwise known as the Gas Station Project. Participants crocheted, knitted, stitched, patched, or collaged 3 foot square fiber panels that expressed each participants concern about the topic. Simply by designing and creating these panels and participating in this project, they were expressing their concern about this important subject to all nations. All of the panels were then sewn together to completely cover an abandoned gas station in central New York State.

In May, 2007 - The owner of the gas station signed a contract allowing use of the abandoned station.

The Call to Artists was made to crochet, knit, stitch, quilt, or patch 3 foot square (91.4 cm x 91.4 cm) fiber panels. The panels did not need to contain an image or be a literal portrayal of the artist's idea. It was due by March 15th, 2008.

Watch the installation video here:

If you are unable to see the above video, please click HERE

What follows are some photographs of the individual panels that were made for the project:

"Burlap Membrane"
Costa Rica
Aura Madrigal, Irene Chaves, Gaby, Alina & Carlos Chavarria, Alex & Antony Gonzalez

Karen Rosenberg
Berkeley, CA
Wool, Silk, Misc.

We Love Nature
Applique and Painting Over Cotton Mesh
Silvia Piza-Tandlick, Irene Chaves, Maritroni Avarado, Alex, Anthony, Gaby, Alina, Kris, and Patric. Silvia and members of the Cerro Danta Women's & Youngsters' Collective.

Aimee Lee
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
"Cut and knitted plastic shopping bags. Approx. 120 bags representing 3 years of bags collected by a couple in New York City."

Aimee Lee writes:
"I wanted to create a panel made out of a petroleum-based product, to show how our dependence on oil goes a lot further than gasoline for our vehicles. Plastic bags are an inextricable part of our lives, something we don't even ask for, but get automatically when we purchase goods. In cutting the bags into strips, I kept every piece of the bag in the knitting process so that it remains a closed circle; no plastic was put into the garbage system in the process. I also wanted to use bags from only one family, to show how many plastic bags can accumulate in one household (and this isn't even all of them!)."

Oil Splash in Water
Syracuse, New York
“Oil Splash in Water”

Mary Trecilla
Milan, Italy

Jennifer Marsh is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts who currently lives in Alabama. She has expressed interest in doing more projects similar to this, so bookmark her web site and check back if you'd like to submit for the next round.

1 comment:

Young said...

I would love to drive by a building like that!!!

Stacy Alexander