The Concentric Cuts of Wayne White
13th September 2017
Inspiration comes from all realms of the human experience. In this instance, its an immersive installation of kinetic sculptures and giant puppets created by emmy-winning artist Wayne White that's sparking our interest. We followed Johnny Massey, Brintons Americas VP of Operations, on his recent trip to Wayne-O-Rama in Chattanooga, TN.
Taking in the quirky cardboard and wood sculptures was a nostalgic trip back to a time of Saturday morning cartoons. The enormous size and detail of the pieces made you slow down and appreciate the intricacies and time it must have taken to create this amazing art. My favorite parts of the installation were the tiny whimsical characters sprinkled throughout; from a group of small road workers on Lookout Mountain, to a baby black bear behind a bush, to the miniature elf overlooking a waterfall, that made me want to carve out time to create.
From a distance this sculpture looks like a simple vintage TV with a flat painted screen, but as you inch closer you can see that it’s actually a three dimensional interactive piece. The shades of grey make the plywood sink back in time to when reality TV was wholesome, educational and interesting. As you exit the exhibit, you can actually pull a lever to make Bob’s arm wave good-bye.
Bob Brandy, star of the Bob Brandy Show, is a character from a 60’s children's program about a singing cowboy, his wife Ingrid and horse, Rebel. Apparently, Ingrid was murdered in their home and a killer was never named.
Wayne-O-Rama highlights the area's notables with large-scale cardboard sculptures. Pictured left to right; John Ross, Nanyehi (English: Nancy Ward), and Mary Walker are a few figures that helped shape Chattanooga's story.
Nancy Ward was a beloved woman of the Cherokee, meaning she was a decision maker and attended council meetings with chiefs and other beloved women. In the Battle of Taliwa, Nancy Ward chewed bullets for her husband while lying behind a log with hopes the jagged edges would inflict more damage. When Nancy's husband died, she picked up his rifle and continued the fight, granting her people a victorious battle against the Creeks.
This painted plywood landscape is inspired by Chief Dragging Canoe and his many battles along the Tennessee River. Chief Dragging Canoe was a Cherokee war chief who led a band of rebellious Cherokee against colonists and US settlers.
Chief Dragging Canoe died from exhaustion after a night of dancing and celebrating the victory of a recently formed alliance.
September color story inspired by Wayne-O-Rama.