"I had a neat idea to take a shot every few days in the studio to show progress on this recent piece of Melissa Bennett, the firefighter from Canarsie, Brooklyn. So the first thing I realized after we got it up last week, the scale was off and I needed to make her about 15% larger to fit the overall mural composition. That meant painting out the first drawing and cutting another 8 ft. x 2 ft. piece of aluminum to add to the right side of the piece. Not exactly forward progress but after redrafting the image, I know it was the right decision. Not doing the work would have meant more work down the road. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and make the changes right away."
The newest section of the mural is up. Dedicated to emergency responders, this piece features firefighter Melissa.
We reached another milestone! In just over 18 months, we have met the Governor’s Challenge. In the months ahead, we will be getting Phase I plans ready for the bidding process and selecting our construction team, with plans to start construction by the summer, and to open to the public by spring/summer 2017. Click here to read the Hartford Courant article.
The ninth grade class at Fairfield Country Day School created outdoor sculptures designed for low voltage lighting that will be installed along the pathways in AMP's future gardens. The students worked several hours on their sculptures and, midway through, were joined by the seventh graders who came in to lend a hand. This was total fun. Next step, glazing the fired pieces in the spring.
Students at McKinley Elementary recently created their own version of the mural. They divided the entire study into 80 small squares by superimposing a graph, and then each student created a mini canvas of his/her section. Each little painting is very abstract, some with a reaching arm and a part of the jet fuselage, for example. The 79 participants will put all of them together, with some canvases out in front of others to simulate the 3-D aspect of the mural.
We’re closing in on the end of the year and on making the match! We’re at 93% of our total fundraising goal, and have had a tremendous amount of support come in over the last few weeks, including a lead sponsorship from Stanley Black & Decker!
Our annual Board meeting is underway. We're so thankful for their tireless support and work over the years!