We are proud to announce that our large-scale fruit and vegetable sculpture series, The Artist Harvest, is now on outdoor display in Livingston. If you’ve been in our studios anytime in the past year and a half, you’ve most likely seen them in some form of their evolution. Staff members and students have worked hard creating them, and we are thrilled at the way they turned out. Already we have gotten lots of positive feedback from the public. Go see them yourselves and send us photos – we’ll post them on facebook!
You can find them until mid-November in front of the Livingston Library, Town Hall and Community Center.
The evolution of The Munch-Room:
A mushroom painted in the style of Edvard Munch & inspired by The Scream:
Here’s more about the series from our friends at Food Day:
In honor of Food Day, Livingston Township will be hosting The Messy Artist’s Artist Harvest, a series of 5 large-scale sculptures. The sculptures, conceived by Messy Artist CEO Donna Bernstein, excites children and adults alike about fruits and vegetables while also honoring the style of a famous artist.
Food Day, sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is a nationwide celebration focused on access to healthy foods and it was created to inspire positive changes in our diets and our food policies. Livingston is an active participant in this real food movement and has hosted multiple food day events, including Stuff the Bus for CHOW and the Town wide Chili & Quinoa/Kale cook-off, for the past three years. Food Day is scheduled for Oct 24th annually, however The Livingston Food Day committee, made up of representatives from the West Essex YMCA, Livingston Township, ShopRite, Kings, Livingston Public Schools, C.H.O.W, West Essex Tribune and other community groups, decided that since healthy eating and access to healthy food was so important, events are not limited to just one day.
The evolution of The Vincent Van Gogh Bananas:
A banana painted in the style of Vincent Van Gogh & inspired by Starry Night:
The Messy Artist, offering art experiences for children and adults, was previously featured at Livingston’s Family Festival Day where they displayed half of their Artist Harvest sculpture collection in the Food Day tent. The sculptures received such positive feedback that the committee decided to go to the town council to propose a town-wide display and was met with unanimous support.
The sculptures, approximately 4’ x 6’, are visually stunning and designed to provoke conversation related to healthy eating and art appreciation. Over 75 students, including many Livingston residents, helped with plastering, sanding and painting the sculptures while they were being created at the Messy Artist. Five pieces make up the collection:
- The Munch-Room: A mushroom painted in the style of Edvard Munch & inspired by The Scream
- The Straw-Dali: A strawberry painted in the style of Salvador Dali & inspired by Persistence of Memory
- The Peppered like Pollack: A pepper painted in the style of Jackson Pollack & inspired by his Number 8 painting
- The Vincent Van Gogh Bananas: A banana painted in the style of Vincent Van Gogh & inspired by Starry Night
- The Pearcasso: A pear painted in the style of Pablo Picasso & inspired by le tete d’une femme lisant
The evolution of The Straw-Dali:
A strawberry painted in the style of Salvador Dali & inspired by Persistence of Memory:
Bernstein was inspired to create The Artist Harvest from other large-scale sculptures projects such as “The Cow Parade” and “The Great Light Way” (the West Orange light bulb sculptures). “I decided to focus on fruits and vegetables to instill healthy eating for children and to paint the sculptures in the style of famous artist to promote awareness of art history,” said Bernstein. She added, “And it has been wonderful to watch the students work cooperatively to create community art. I had never created large-scale sculptures, so it has been a learning process. We are thrilled with the end results and look forward to sharing them with the Livingston community.”
The evolution of The Peppered like Pollack:
A pepper painted in the style of Jackson Pollack & inspired by his Number 8 painting:
The sculptures will be located at the three locations including the Library, the Community Center on Hillside Ave and the Town Hall and the display will be up through mid-November. Special thanks to the Livingston Department of Public Works for helping to transport and set up the sculptures and to Michele Meade and the Town Council for their support of this project. For more information on Food Day, go to www.foodday.org; for more information on Livingston Food Day go to https://www.facebook.com/LivingstonFoodDay or email Stacey Rubinstein, Livingston’s Food Day Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org; and to learn more about the Messy Artist go to www.messyartist.com.
The evolution of The Pearcasso:
A pear painted in the style of Pablo Picasso & inspired by le tete d’une femme lisant: