TuxedoKat | Puddling Painting

Sculpture

The Pollinator Paradise

14′ Fabricated Echinacea Flower & Glass Art Sculpture

Pollinator Paradise sculpture by TuxedoKat, made from recycled glass and metal, on the West Ashley Bikeway in Charleston, SC.

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Pollinator Paradise sculpture by TuxedoKat, made from recycled glass and metal, on the West Ashley Bikeway in Charleston, SC.

Creative Process

TuxedoKat’s creative process for Pollinator Paradise was a testament to ingenuity and craftsmanship. Fabricated aluminum formed the foundation, skillfully shaped by Sign Art under the stewardship of TuxedoKat’s husband, David. The intricate glass mosaic, a hallmark of TuxedoKat’s artistry, posed a unique challenge. Utilizing recycled glass fragments sourced from thrift stores and discarded items, TuxedoKat meticulously adhered each piece to the sculpture’s cone. This innovative technique, a departure from her previous works, demanded meticulous planning and improvisation to achieve the desired visual impact. As the design evolved, TuxedoKat embraced the fluidity of the creative journey, adapting to material constraints and technical nuances with every step.

The Pollinator Paradise

noun
  1. A captivating ode to biodiversity and community, where vibrant artistry meets environmental stewardship, celebrating the vital role of pollinators through innovative sculpture and community engagement.

The Inspiration

Nestled in the serene Magnolia garden at Charleston Parks Conservancy headquarters, TuxedoKat had a transformative moment in June 2023. It was there, amidst the buzzing harmony of bees and the vibrant dance of pollinating flowers, that the seed of inspiration for Pollinator Paradise took root. As she observed the majestic echinacea flowers, their towering petals swaying with life, TuxedoKat imagined herself shrinking beneath their floral canopy. This whimsical vision sparked the idea for a monumental sculpture that would celebrate the vital role of pollinators in our ecosystem.

 

Partnership and Collaboration

The journey from vision to reality began when Charleston Parks Conservancy (CPC) encountered TuxedoKat’s acclaimed “Meta Towers” at the 2023 Artfields art competition. Impressed by her innovative use of recycled glass and metal, CPC awarded TuxedoKat the prestigious Southeastern Partnership Award. This marked the beginning of a collaborative endeavor to bring Pollinator Paradise to life along the West Ashley Bikeway. Artfields facilitated the connection, underscoring the pivotal role of public art in community engagement and urban revitalization. CPC, acting as a conduit between the artist and the community, provided crucial support in navigating permits, securing funding, and gathering community feedback on TuxedoKat’s designs.

Community Engagement: The local community played a pivotal role in shaping Pollinator Paradise. From virtual input sessions facilitated by CPC and the City of Charleston to spontaneous interactions along the West Ashley Bikeway, community engagement was woven into the sculpture’s fabric. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the sculpture’s tactile allure, from running fingers across its metal stem to seeking refuge beneath its towering form during rain showers. The sculpture serves not only as a visual beacon but also as a catalyst for environmental education. Planned plantings of pollinating flowers in the surrounding area promise to further enrich the community’s understanding of pollinator importance, transforming the bikeway into an interactive educational hub.

 

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Moment of inspiration

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Small Scale Prototype

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Final Installation

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A reward for the curious!