Vertical Art Garden Project

Social distancing really sucks the energy out of a social making club based on meeting in interesting spaces to learn hands-on skills.  

We’ve been brainstorming ideas that don’t involve another awkward zoom meeting and we’re really excited about this one.  We’ve been wanting to do a community art project that people of varying skills and capabilities can get in on, but we didn’t want a large expense that would exclude people from participating. We also wanted it to be modular in nature where we could assemble a bunch of separate pieces into one and display it somewhere publicly.

What is something that can be easily stacked, easily available, and cheap?

Empty Paint Cans!

Gather a few of those old used paint cans we have in our basements and garages and help us build the start of a future art garden in downtown Cheyenne.  We’re asking for people to decorate those old cans and drop them off with us and we’ll assemble a vertical totem-esqu garden of art that people can visit while social distancing and hopefully build on in the future.  The location we’ll be using is the empty lot next to the West Edge Collective building on Lincolnway, we’re hoping this will be a start of a potential outdoor art gallery that can grow over time.  

We’ll be sourcing some ~10ft rebar to serve as the foundation for our paint can totems, so the more interesting cans we can collect the more interesting our art garden will be. We’ll be punching holes through the center of the cans with the rebar down the center to survive the outdoor conditions.  If you need some inspiration, check out our Facebook or Instagram to see some of the paint can projects we’ve got going on.

No printed words or logos unless you have a specific plan you want to run by us first, we want to build a collection of expressive art and not business-promotion. 

Get creative Cheyenne!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve got.  

FAQ

Do I have to use old paint cans?

Not necessarily.  We’re open to different sizes or cans, i.e. old buckets, coffee cans, or paint quarts.  They just need to be stackable.

I am not “artsy”, can I still participate?

Oh come on… give yourself more credit than that.  Decoration can take a lot of forms, we’re just looking for creative perspectives from across the community.  If you have questions about your specific take on the project, we’re happy to bounce ideas around with you.  Message us on Facebook, or email us at makersandcreatives@gmail.com

Can my business contribute?

Sure!  Just keep in mind what the goal here is.  We want to create a community art garden, so it isn’t an ad space, but we do want it to be a reflection of the community.  Decorate a can that reflects what you and your business are about and we’ll be happy to include it in the garden.  Again, if you have questions about what this means, reach out, we’re always happy to chat.

No printed words or logos on the front of the can unless you have a specific plan you want to run by us first, we want to build a collection of expressive art and not business-promotion.

We’re suggesting either a small logo no larger than 20% of the can or putting the logo on the back.

Who’s property is hosting this art garden?

West Edge Collective is hosting our artwork in an empty lot next to their building, they’ve invited anyone who wishes to explore the art and visit the space whenever you want.

Be respectful of their space and please don’t leave trash behind.

When are the cans due?

While there is not a set due date, we’ll work on constructing new structures weekly.  Drop off your project sometime during the week and we’ll do the rest.

Then what?

Good question.  As far as we’re concerned, sky’s the limit.  Depending on the response we could expand the projects and start including all kinds of crazy stuff.  

 

Where am I supposed to drop off?

Outside West Edge Collective, next to the vertical art garden site, we’ll have a marked drop off point that we will collect from.  Pull into the parking lot of West Edge at 707 W Lincolnway, Cheyenne, WY 82001 and you should see the drop off point marked.

Then what?

Good question.  As far as we’re concerned, sky’s the limit.  Depending on the response we could expand the projects and start including all kinds of crazy stuff.