Artist-in-residence Sarah Peters (NY) created a 10-foot obelisk comprised of designs originated by community members. Traditionally, obelisks serve as memorials to a person or an event. Quilts often fulfill a similar role, recording significant events and family histories. Community quilts bring together squares sewn by individuals to tell of a particular group’s experience or interests.
This Sheboygan obelisk combined the group effort of a community quilt with the formal tradition of a monument. Peters introduced the metal-casting process through hands-on workshops in early September. In a variation on the idea of the block construction of a quilt, individuals were able to create a “block” by carving molds that were later cast into metal at the Kohler Co. Foundry. Mold blocks were also be available in The ARTery for visitors to create designs.
The blocks became part of the obelisk sculpture that was on view at the Arts Center after completion.
Connecting Communities collaborations are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust.