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Artist Bajuyo to create sculpture
about history of breweries, taverns

She will give presentation
about the piece on March 20

Staff Report

(March 2010) – Hanover College’s own Leticia Bajuyo is creating an interactive sculpture for display at the New Albanian Brewing Company at the Bank Street Brew house. The piece is part of the New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project.

Leticia Bajuyo

Photo provided

Artist Leticia
Bajuyo works on
creating her
sculpture, which will
be on display at the
New Albanian
Brewing Co.

This project is a multi-year outdoor exhibition of 20 temporary sculptures that interpret the rich history and heritage of New Albany. In spring 2010, five temporary sculptures will be installed in highly visible locations in the downtown historic district. Each subsequent year, five new sculptures will be unveiled, culminating in 2013 with New Albany’s Bicentennial Commemoration.
This project is a partnership between the Carnegie Center for Art and History and the New Albany Urban Enterprise Association. It is directed by Julie Schweitzer Studios, with major funding provided by the Horseshoe Foundation of Southern Indiana.
At noon on March 20, Bajuyo will be on site to give a presentation about her work and the project. The piece she will create is informed by the history of taverns and breweries in New Albany and dates back to 1830 with stories of homespun attitudes and community support, as explained on the project’s FaceBook page, and webpage at www.nabpublicart.org
In recognition of this, the primary materials of the sculpture are locally collected used beer bottles. The collected bottles are used to create a work influenced by the Lite-Brite toy. These bottles serve as pegs on the front wall of the sculpture, but unlike a Lite-Brite, these pegs do not create a stationary pattern. Here, images of New Albany’s brewery logos, projected from the inside the sculpture, change through viewer participation.
Furthermore, the sides of the sculpture are constructed of bottles between plexi-glass walls. Sitting on shelves, these rows of bottles reference both the song “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” and Tom Marioni’s social sculpture from 1970, titled “The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art.”
Attendees will be paid in New Albanian Brewing Company “scrip” for clean empties with labels removed. Attendees can redeem the “scrip” as coupons toward their food and drink purchases. Lite-Brites will be available onsite to stimulate your creativity along with your appetite.

• For more information or to get involved, contact Julie Schweitzer at (812) 944-4986.

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