Tonight was the city property committee meeting where the talk was about the plinth. invited to address the committee was Matthew Grove who designed the plinth. He and I spoke prior to the meeting in the hallway and he would like to see contemporary art around town but seems sold on honoring the founder of Martinsburg on the plinth. He mentioned however, since there had been talk in the past about a clock, the famous astronomical clock in Prague. Regarding the plinth he spoke primarily on the construction and design of the plinth that it was created to hold an object with dead weight not necessarily a kinetic sculpture. I did mention to the committee of a couple other sculpture options that are stationary from realestate mogul Vincent Grogh. The committee decided NOT to do anything tonight essentially tabling the topic so that two new council members who are not familiar with the various options can get all of the information that is out there so that they can discuss the topic in a more educated manner, which I respect and at least the topic wasn’t killed. Thankfully the two new folks are more progressive than the other council members. It did seem to me that many of the committee members might lean toward a sculptural type of clock. They asked Matthew Grove if he would be willing to submit other such clocks as discussed earlier with the Prague clock. The city manager asked if the Krensky’s would be willing to loan the sculpture for other sites around Martinsburg if the Plinth was unavailable. In addition to myself and Matthew Grove a member of the Adam Stephen foundation (or whatever they are called) spoke and she clearly still believes a monument to him would be a good thing, I was able to talk with her afterward and shared with her the vision of a biennial versus what a sculpture of the founder of Martinsburg could do for our fair city. She seemed to understand where I was coming from BUT her response was that the people here in Martinsburg didn’t seem to be the type interested in art. “There might be a lot of artists here but it doesn’t seem that those interested in the arts are here.” She didn’t seem to think that this possible reality was a good point about Martinsburg. She mentioned Shepherdstown as the town for the arts. I mentioned that people go to Berkeley Springs and then bypass us to go to Shepherdtown and I blamed many of the property owners who want to charge an astronomical amount for rent. I then handed her an invitation to the Grand Opening of my new exhibition space. I also shared with her about the letter I had endorsing my sculpture plan from the 5th great granddaughter of Adam Stephen who believed that he wouldn’t want a monument to himself. The lady asked if I would email her that letter which I plan to do. On anther note I wanted to mention one more thing to the committee and I waited very patiently but was ignored and at one point Roger Lewis told me to be quiet and to take my toilet with me. That was interesting and I was very grateful to hear Jason who is one of the new council members tell him that it was an inappropriate thing to say. Jason apologized for his council member’s words and actions.
Dear friends and fellow creatives:
This morning I woke up at 3 am to my mind racing with the concept of asking people to financially fight the citation given to me by Martinsburg’s City Hall (aka. the Mayor and City Manager) Please consider giving any amount that you feel comfortable giving! I pledge to do what I can to better Martinsburg using the arts to do so. Thank you. Artfully Yours, David F. Heatwole
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The Toilet Bandit (that’s me) spoke to Martinsburg City Council meeting tonight. This time I was presenting another idea on top of the idea presented last month of having contemporary sculpture on the now vacant sculpture stand in the new Town Square area. This time I proposed having living sculpture there until we have another plan in the works. Attached below is a pdf file of what I gave the city council to chew on including a great statement from Kristen Lee a direct decendant of the founder of Martinsburg. General Adam Stephen whom the city council was planning to memorialize in the form of a Bronze sculpture . . . only problem being no one knows what he looked like. Please read and be entertained. The only thing I will mention is that Kirsten did add a line to her statement after i had already printed out the kits so it was not read or given to the city council and probably for the better being that they might not be to happy to discuss, in any way, the toilet caper of last month. This added line is in Red.
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Many people have read about my caper with the toilet in the city square here in Martinsburg, WV. I thought I would place here in my blog a number of the links to the articles for posterity and for those that haven’t read about it. I would like to that the City Mayor, Manager and all those involved in making my Potty Art statement that much more successful by seemingly getting bent out of shape about it. It was nothing personal. And you don’t own this city so why get so angry over it! If I had broken the empty sculpture/monument stand then I could see possibly stringing me up but I was doing a somewhat harmless little statement about how creativity can change the world one city at a time.
Also seen on Newsweek.com, Arteconomist.com, USAnews.com
Here is a great article from the Herald Mail about the unveiling of the mural, I am currently working on, April 21st in Martinsburg. It’s going to be a blast! Come all ye with good throwing arms!
WOW! I just found out that I was numbered 6 of one of HumanAnswers.net(s) “Latest, Greatest Artists” at least according to their article: “Who are some of the Latest, Greatest Artists?” I guess I better work harder! http://humanswers.net/newart
Hello guest welcome to my imagination realm! Herein you will find various works of art that I am trying to put in order by their date of creation for my own cataloging. You will also find some other conceptualizations that I have either proposed here or there and may still be trying to bring to fruition somewhere in the world.
One thing that you must know about me (if you must) and that is that I am not just one that believes in art for arts sake but also believe that the arts could play a roll in society like never before seen. It is my dream to one day see my wildest ideas come to life in order to transform societies both locally and globally. I do believe that the key to solving many of man’s ailments and ongoing problems are stored in the imagainations of the artisans, they just need a great marketing team to make them work for society. I want to be part of assembling this marketing team (of sorts). You may think this is to far out, but I have to say isn’t it far out that the most creative society in the world still thinks that throwing glorified rocks at enemys will solve the problems? Why isn’t the imagination being used to come up with really far out ideas to battle wars, to make a dent in poverty and hunger. I, for one, am an artist stuck painting these ideas/concepts to those who already have their mind up. I am having to teach and I am not a teacher. I am one that sees potential and want to keep sharing this potential with others and collectively/synergistically work with others that have talents that I do not have to make these things come to life.
For now I will have to hope that someone is reading this and getting something/anything from my work. To really see more about my mission please go to http://www.artscollaborative.org and http://www.masterpieceartkits.com
Thanks for visiting.
For the Grand Opening the inaugural exhibition is(drum Roll please):
“Energy Beside Itself”
This is the 13th installment of an ongoing exhibition of work centered around the themes of Energy and Synergy. The art exhibit features a variety of work by 11 American artists.
The collection of work in this exhibit revolves around the concepts of energy, synergy and the information that all life draws from. Viewers will see how the artists have attempted to illustrate their own ideas from innerconnection and relationships to birth and flow of energy.
Heatwole explains the idea behind his ongoing exhibition: “Energy Beside Itself is the 13th show of work from the Energism and Synergim sister movements that I have curated. This exhibit features work created in a variety of mediums and styles and is a fun and colorful show. I have enjoyed very much working to make this show what it is. One of the aspects of the show that I love most is that it can speak to people with eclectic taste whether you like realism or surrealism, impressionistic or expressionistic work there is a variety of work made in techniques from a variety of art movements.”
The opening is May 11th from 6:30-9pm read more about and get the address at http://www.exhibitonsartgallery.com
The evening before this Art Stunt (April 17th) Monday April 16th I made a short presentation/proposal to an unprepared City Council. I spoke favorably for the new City Square that cost an arm and a leg and commended all that were involved in the creation of it. But then I moved to discussing the empty sculpture pedestal that was established to hold a future commissioned bronze monument of Gen. Adam Stephens. Problem to that plan is that supposedly there is no representation of the General that founded our fair city. Which I am, and many others are happy about because frankly another monument to a historical figure would not draw people to our community and that is what we need as a lot of struggling historical down towns. I proposed that the City Council consider placing a contemporary work of art there instead, and hold a competition for the public and sculptors to participate in. It could be a colorful kinetic abstract piece of art (example of Lee Badger’s work) or an imaginative surreal work of art made of reclaimed metal (as shown in the photo shopped piece by Scott Cawood). It could even be an energetic abstract work of art out of stone(See example of Carl Wright’s piece)
Allow the public to vote of the submissions and at the same time encourage people to take ownership of their city. Fund the top 5 submissions to develop their ideas further and then have another public vote on the final 1. Possibly fund the development of all of the other 4 and put them in other places in the city.
Martinsburg has many issues going against it, so on Tuesday the 17th at 8:30 in the morning, after seeing the kids off to school, I took the step forward to put the Toilet in the Square to get people talking about the future of the city and maybe bring more art into the downtown area. Art can make it more alive, more exciting, and more welcoming.
I have been charged with Illegal Dumping which is ironic when only a year and a half prior I put together a mural that involved the community in it’s development. The mural was of Vincent Van Gogh and was made of thousands of upcycled bottle lids. See MasterpieceArtKits.com to see more murals of similar nature created since Van Gogh!