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Was the Arc of Dreams misplaced?

I will admit, I have looked at the Arc of Dreams several times at different angles from far away and up close. Depending on how you look at it you find something unique each time. It is quite the structure and engineering feat. But one of the things you will notice is that the only place you can really get a good view of the entire structure is from the North standing on the 6th street bridge or river greenway. You would also miss it if driving in a car over the bridge unless you happen to look over at it.

Some have questioned it’s location. First off, since it was privately funded they had to situate it on private property yet putting it in a public space. While the structure is mounted on private property, it crosses a public waterway.

As you can see below, most large sculptures, like the FLAMINGO in Chicago is placed in a large courtyard area so it can be viewed from 4 directions. I actually think a great place for the Arc would have been on North Minnesota Avenue coming into town from the airport, or others have suggested over the Levitt yard. Obviously the limitation was placing this on private property, but I think an easement could have been figured out.

It will be interesting to read reviews of it’s placement over the next couple of years.

Oh, the irony

A foot soldier sent me this photo he took today of the Arc of Dreams and the Crane over the bunker ramp debacle.

Dreams not realized?

Poetry Club w/Charles Luden

Greetings poetic compadre: Below is a quickly penned short poem from yesterday.  – C.L.

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Untitled Poem – Number Lost

Sitting reading diagrams

on December window frost

I shiver then bark

back at the neighbor’s

small dog

  Charles Luden • 6-27-19 • at Granite City

The end of this transmission.

Sioux Falls Arts Council still hasn’t found a director

An organization that has struggled ever since they have changed their name still hasn’t found an executive director since the last one quit in March of 2018;

The role has been vacant since March 2018 when former executive director Kara Dirkson left the council to go into self-employed fine arts services. President Alex Hagen said the organization has continued to carry out its mission during this year of transition.

“We’ve relied heavily on Angelica Mercado,” Hagen said of the council’s operations manager. “She’s been very instrumental on continuing our programming. The board has also chipped in and contributed a lot.”

I actually heard that Angelica has been busting her ass to work two positions. They really should have appointed her to the position when Dirkson quit. Maybe she doesn’t want it? After being CENSORED by the Pavilion (not allowing her video to play at her exhibit – I’ve noticed the video has disappeared on YouTube) I’m sure she probably has the same flavor in her mouth as Dirkson did when she left about the local-yokal mucky-mucks and their ‘idea’ about arts organizations.

Sioux Falls’ Greatest artist has died

So many things I could say about Carl Grupp. He passed away today. I met him when one of my friends was going to Augie for art and I was so amazed by not just his versatile talent, but his stories and infectious sense of humor. I have always said when it came to Sioux Falls artists, there was Carl and then the rest. He embodied being an artist, there are not too many of those people around these days anymore.

I always laughed about this quote Carl gave to the Argus after one of my paintings were vandalized at NitWits;

“A lot of (Ehrisman’s) art is protest art to begin with. It’s weird that they would protest the protest,” Grupp said.

Somehow, I think there was a joke in there.

We will miss you Carl!

Arc of Dreams has arrived

I went over and snapped some pictures. It was interesting to watch them piece it together. While this will be a ‘neat’ sculpture, I still think that the $2.6 million spent on this project could have have been put to better use doing HUNDREDS of art and beautification projects all over Sioux Falls, hiring local contractors, landscapers, artists, artisans and craftsman. Instead we spent it on a fabrication shop in Colorado. At least the artist was from South Dakota. As I have stated in the past, this is just a monument to egos.

Large turnout for Angelica Mercado’s reception

Even though there was a private party in the Everist Gallery (making a bunch of noise and disrupting the gallery talk, imagine that, poor planning on the Pavilion’s part) there was a huge turnout for the reception. Unfortunately I did NOT see the video that I posted to my site the other day being displayed in the exhibit. I’m wondering if this got censored from the exhibit? If so, NOT GOOD. First off, besides the fact there was NOTHING offensive about the video, that is neither here nor there, it is a publicly funded facility, not just local funds but Federal and State grants. Also, the building is owned by the taxpayers of Sioux Falls. Censorship is unacceptable in public facilities.


UPDATE: Jefferson High School Renegades?

UPDATE: When I started working on this last night, I had NO idea the SFSD was going to announce today, I also had NO idea that they had already made a decision. So I was shocked when they made the announcement a few minutes ago. I guessed the colors dead on Gold and Green. While I also considered their mascot (Cavaliers) I didn’t want to pick it because it was too much of a blatant rip off, that didn’t stop the SFSD, which picked the Cavaliers. I also steered away from the Cavaliers because that is the Mascot of Bon Homme School district. As for Ben Reifel’s colors and Mascot, the students put a little more thought into it. They went with the Buffalo and Rosebud’s flag colors, Crimson Red and Gold.

While I know NONE of my suggestions will ever be taken for the new mascot for JHS, I still thought I would take a stab at it. I have created well over 100 logos in my time as a graphic designer, including ‘tweaking’ some school mascots.

I will warn you, this is a quick version of what I was thinking that I mostly took from clipart, etc. But I did do some research.

I liked the Gold and Green color scheme. It doesn’t interfere with the other school colors and it represents diversity and strength.

I like the Mountain Goat mascot (RAM) It represents Jefferson’s quiet, yet powerful strengths.

I struggled with ‘Renegade’. It can have some negative connotations, but it defined our founding fathers who were fighting against a foreign power trying to control Americans.

Video part of Angelica Mercado’s exhibit at the Pavilion

I hope this video Angelica created is part of her exhibit at the Pavilion. Her reception is at 6 PM at the Pavilion Friday night. Should be an interesting. I have always been a fan of political art, it encourages thought!

Indian Mound Wall (Guest Post by Bruce Danielson)

The Indian Mound Wall being discussed is a little known and never discussed art piece in Sioux Falls. For those who do not know the area or significance, the burial mound in Sherman Park is the stable hill between the Zoo and Minnehaha Country Club between the Sioux Fiver and Kiwanis Avenue. West 18th Street changes to Indian Mound Drive heading toward the river and the country clubs. The mound is actually what we now call a cemetery from ancient times.

The north face of the mound was trimmed in quartzite block for many years before Porter Williams and others received permission to build the 160′ stack stone wall with stone pictographs of the sacred buffalo hunt. This wall honors the heritage of the original occupiers of the place we call South Dakota and Sioux Falls.

The side of the mound is hard, undisturbed, stable earth. The mound’s north face has not been harmed or weakened by this wall or its construction. The art was placed feet from the face of the original mound with a fill of quartzite between the art and dirt on top of a 6′ deep by 4′ wide trench of quartzite fill to create a frost footing. How do I know this? I was there for a great deal of the construction.

Stack Stone walls and buildings are based on ancient methods of mortar-less construction or in other words, no concrete to fill the gaps. There are walls and building around the world dating back thousands of years still standing. I have personally been to many, years ago. I have been in the Gallarus Oratory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallarus_Oratory. My cousins live within feet of this building, helping maintain the structure and the tall stack stone walls surrounding it. The Greeks also built beautiful buildings and walls which still stand without the use of mortar. Every civilization on earth has used this method for centuries.

The parks department plan is for an ugly monster block wall. While monster or keystone block have a purpose, often it is a temporary solution. The effect in the end is an ugly concrete wall. Of course they now are willing to dye it dark to hide the normal gray color. Wow, that sounds permanent, thanks? Do you know there is actually no reason to even have a retaining wall on the spot?

Think about this, there never was a retaining wall there before the road went in. The original wall of quartzite stone was put in for art’s sake and the Sacred Buffalo Wall was put in front of mound also for art’s sake. Is the plan for a monster block project only a make work project?

The parks director has never made maintaining or protecting this wall since arrival in Sioux Falls a priority. Is the director now in a position to destroy all vestiges of it?

Nothing has been done since it was built to keep people off the wall. Why did the park department never stop people from using it as a climbing wall? The police have been called on many occasions to stop others from being on it, dislodging stones to throw from it? I know these incidents because I personally called to report them. Could the climbers have accidently dislodged the stone to cause failure?

Why did the parks department NEVER do anything to protect it? Why has there never been a structured yearly program to verify wall stability? This reminds me of the mosaic flood wall downtown. The past mayor wanted the flood wall gone, so no basic care was taken to protect it. The answer to the disintegrating mosaic wall was simple, remove it. The community fought back and saved the mosaic (and the downtown from future flooding).

Why does it appear the “engineers” from two different companies wrote reports and contracts to do what the parks department wanted done? Why are contracts and consultant reports purchased by the parks department with what appears to be predetermined results? Was this another one of those projects? It doesn’t look any different from what we have learned from the department’s past history.

The consultants wrote a report to tear this wall down so they could build something they understand. Watch the meeting: https://youtu.be/DBzGYwOKYIo?t=2660 Listen for the consultant to tell us he does not understand how these walls are built or survive. It is not conventional in this part of the world today, so we must destroy it.

The plan as presented so far is not for cladding the monster block wall with any of the original stone. In fact, cladding would be the most expense answer. Cladding would require an unnecessary wall to be built behind the stack stone. There has been talk of using mortar to lock the stack stone, the mortar would break down over time and cause a bigger mess.

One option is to have someone paint an image on the monster block. Oh boy this could be good, in a few years as the paint falls off the concrete block, the city will be “forced” blast the remnants off or spray paint it to cover it. Gosh, maybe we can have a yearly art exhibit something like the Jesus plows?

Another option being discussed is having insert boxes ready to place new reliefs or an image. It is still an ugly concrete monster block wall with maybe some part of the original art. The ability to have special monster block insert boxes large enough for the current stone images would be interesting to watch come together.

The longest lasting and least expensive answer is repairing the current wall. It could be repaired with a change of a few pieces of stone replaced, to recreate the design. The artist and builder of the wall have tried to present this option to the park department but it conflicts with the director’s long-range plan for this art to disappear. In fact I do agree with some recommendations in the consultant’s report, an engineer should be involved for strength factoring and designing a yearly maintenance program.

Consider this Terrace Park fans, destroying this wall is similar to the attempt to “fix up” your park a few years ago, by destroying it with concrete. For those who have difficulty getting to the Japanese Garden, thank the ugly chain link fence installed by the park department to keep us out.

Why was the lighting never installed as promised, to highlight the images. Two high intensity flood lights didn’t do anything to allow viewers to catch the beauty of this wall.

If our parks department actually cared about children or art, programs would be created to explain why we have to care about the Sacred Buffalo Wall and the history behind it. Repair the wall with oversight and a maintenance program. Finally, create the lighting program promised years ago to highlight the art.

It’s simple. Art like this is only created in the minds and by the hands of the creators. We will never see this wall recreated once it is torn down. Using concrete is a desecration of this land and is an insult to those buried in the earth behind the memorial called the Sacred Buffalo Wall.