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PHILADELPHIA ART ALLIANCE PRESENTS
NEW ECO-FRIENDLY ART INSTALLATION OPENING SEPTEMBER:
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT A DREAM I HAD
BY MISS ROCKAWAY ARMADA
The Philadelphia Art Alliance will present an innovative new art installation Let Me Tell You About a Dream I Had created by the nationally renowned Miss Rockaway Armada opening September, 2011. The nontraditional exhibit will feature a flotilla of several sculptural elements composed entirely from recycled and salvaged materials that parade from the Schuylkill River to various destinations throughout the city during the summer before being deconstructed into an exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Alliance (251 South 18th Street on Rittenhouse Square)
Let Me Tell You About a Dream I Had: Miss Rockaway Armada has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.
“This installation is the biggest project that the Philadelphia Art Alliance has ever undertaken,” said Jim McClellan, Interim Executive Director. “The Miss Rockaway Armada eloquently reflects our new direction and mission of becoming more crafts-focused in our efforts to promote nontraditional arts initiatives.”
“The Miss Rockaway Armada is a group of incredibly talented individuals who have reinvented the old adage, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,’ transforming and reinventing ordinary materials into fantastic works of art,” said Melissa Caldwell who is curating the project. “They have the talent to bring new life and beauty to everyday objects, proving that art can be found anywhere and everywhere.”
Miss Rockaway Armada’s handmade and eco-friendly creations will make their journey up the Schuylkill River to the Walnut Street docking area in August. The hand crafted floating sculpture will then be deconstructed and transformed into various land traveling installations scheduled throughout August. The installation will make appearances at University City and in Kensington accompanied by musical and theatrical performances. It will proceed for its final stop to the Philadelphia Art Alliance in September where it will be on display for the remainder of the year. In addition to exploring the manipulative nature of art, Let Me Tell You About A Dream I Had will also embody the contemporary grassroots approach to crafts that has resurfaced within the last decade.
Established in 2006 by an eclectic group of artists and performers from all over the country, The Miss Rockaway Armada has been nationally recognized for their engaging and interactive mobile constructions and art installations. Through unexpected and innovative works of art, the members of the Armada share and promote sustainable ways of living while addressing important environment issues involving the use of renewable resources. The group generated headlines for their two year journey down the Mississippi River from 2006 to 2007, traveling on a sustainable flotilla of rafts while stopping in towns to present musical performances and vaudeville variety-theater. The Miss Rockaway Armada seeks to create a new sustainable way of traveling while demonstrating different ways of living and moving that are friendlier to the environment and to each other.
The Philadelphia Art Alliance contributes to the vibrancy of Philadelphia life as the only art organization focusing specifically on craft – art that reflects the continuous evolution and traditions of functionality, ornamentation and ceremony. Founded in 1915, the Philadelphia Art Alliance offers its community of local residents and regional visitors opportunities to enrich their lives by showcasing established and emerging artists through exhibition, performance and other forums. With the historic Wetherill Mansion on Rittenhouse Square as its backdrop, the Philadelphia Art Alliance exemplifies the creative possibilities that arise at the nexus of tradition and innovation.