One of my biggest projects right now is the “Final Passage” art piece of which I have been planning for about six months or more now. There have been a lot of changes along the way, but nothing that took away from the pure core of what it is about. It represents spirituality and change; not evolutionary change but spiritual development or growth.
Religion is not a part of this art work but an abstraction and a by-product, but none of it is directly addressed. Yes, you see Tree. The Tree of Life comes from Kaballah, ancient African religions, and Pagan spiritualism and more. Water is represented while fire is actually present at the end of each branch. The boat is the Ferry Man from the River Styx.
Today I secured a work space and I am very excited. It currently houses come of the most prestigious projects connected to Burning Man or did. The Raygun Rocketship currently housed on the Embarcadero was built there. See some of the images below and their notes:
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American Steel Gallery is a huge warehouse of amazing art that is recognized all over the world and houses some amazing talent. Not that I want to place myself in the company of those people necessarily as an equal, but I feel like being in their presence is an inspiration. When I first came face to face with the Flux crew, Flaming Lotus Girls and others I was so intimidated.
I have seen and live among amazing creative energy. I came to San Francisco hoping to discover new roads to creativity and success and am blessed to be – here.
This week I announced I was moving out of Las Vegas and heading to San Francisco on the hope that I would be opening up to new horizons. Exactly when I will be getting out of LV is a good question right now given all the plates I have spinning in the air.
I am working and doing work for people here and there and am committed to seeing each project through.
My Final Passage art piece is on hold, but WILL BE COMPLETED, yet I am figuring out how things will settle. I want to thank everyone who has donated to the cause so far. I wanted to make this a home-grown project for Vegas and make this a home for it after Burning Man but that does not seem to be the case.
Meanwhile, I am actively looking for work in SFO and had a great interview last week I am hoping to see go somewhere.
PRESS RELEASE – Local artist and resident of Southern Nevada for a decade Scott K is in the process of building a major art project called “Final Passage”. It will be a 22 foot tall ethereal metal tree with additional elements that is a statement about individual spiritual rites of passage; it is designed to inspire and unite all forms of spirituality and meditation.
We are in the process of generating funding for the project through grants and angel donations. This is Scott K’s 2nd project of this caliber in the last 2 years.
The art piece will be first unveiled to Las Vegas at the July 1st event called First Friday held monthly in the Las Vegas Arts District near Casino Center Drive and Charleston Avenue in the heart of Las Vegas.
The piece will be unveiled to an international audience at another Nevada based art and performance event called Burning Man that occurs in Northern Nevada once a year around Labor Day weekend 2011.
The piece will be largely funded by art grants but the creator and team of local professionals working on the piece still need to generate funding to meet the overhead on creating such an amazing piece of art work. It is also with determination that the art piece will find a home in Las Vegas or Henderson as a sustained and shimmering monument to peace.
Scott K is a local artist with 2 degrees from The Art Institute of Las Vegas in creative fields and brought his first installation art piece to Burning Man in 2010. The 2010 piece was a static homage to Stanley Kubrick and the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Has attended Burning Man since 2009. His art web site is www.art23design.com.
Ricky Tarkowsy is the owner of Weld Rite Services in Henderson and is the principle welder and metals artist working to make the vision come to life and his business location just off Sunset.
Shane Mathisen is an Equipment Controls Specialist for his own successful small business in Henderson and Las Vegas is our lead on the electronic and other systems working inside the piece. He has also been an attendee to Burning Man since 1996.
Construction will begin April 2011 at WELD RITE SERVICES and is looking for community support. It was inspired by bringing two well known spiritual elements together; the Tree of Life meets the River Styx.