Starting in 2001, Rochester (along with many other cities) has held community art exhibits in which local artists decorated and in some cases physically altered fiberglass animals. On its first tour Rochester chose the horse as its totem animal. I teamed up with Kevin Serwacki, and working together we produced ten of them.
These animals were sponsored by individual companies and on exhibit during the spring and summer months. First, any interested artist would submit designs for review. Later these designs would be directly chosen by the sponsors. At the end of the exhibit the statues were auctioned off and together raised over 1,000,000 dollars for charity. Many of the horses were then donated back to the city and remain on permanent display.
In 2003 Rochester opened the exhibit up again... but this time they expanded the exhibit to include many, many different kinds of animals. Kevin and I chose to work together again. This time to see if we might push our artistic and 3D skills even farther. Again many of our designs were chosen by sponsors.
When we could, Kevin and I chose to use our skills with fiberglass to make broad physical alterations to the statues. This proved to be one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors I have ever taken part off.
Many thanks to our sponsors who showed a real sense
of artistic spirit by giving us a lot of creative leeway with our designs.