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Commissioned by Harold Arts Residency, "Voyagers" will be a new large-scale sculpture involving the conversion and relocation of a 28-foot boat into an artist space and living quarters set amongst the towering trees of the residency property. 

About This Project

Can chasing a horizon reveal to us its unending nature? In what sense are our bodies linked to this perpetuity? Our journey towards this answer begins with a boat. Artists Jillian Soto and Sara Black will be relocating a retired twenty-eight foot wooden boat from the shores of Lake Erie in Vermilion, Ohio south to the village of Chesterhill, Ohio. This inaugural project entitled Voyagers begins a series of “chapters” in an episodic multi-year physical journey of artist and project collectively entitled, Thy Sea is Great Our Boats are Small.

Based on the structural and metaphorical container of a hymnal book by the same name, published in 1922, Thy Sea is Great Our Boats are Small, engages current investigations of temporal architecture, place, and the social platform in contemporary art through a series of project-chapters sited throughout the American Midwest and West.

This first chapter, Voyagers, will involve the conversion of the boat’s hull into a large-scale sculptural form and unique living quarters for future artist-guests visiting Haven Tree Farm, which hosts Harold Arts Residency. The sculpture will then be installed amongst the towering trees at the farm.

Your sponsorship will go towards funding the practical steps necessary to make this collaborative project a success, such as: food and accommodations for a project crew of eight, consultation with structural engineers, professional crane rental for movement of the 5,000 pound boat hull, and building materials. Voyagers will then become part of a larger network of site-related projects, invited via the Hub & Tack program of the Placemakers Foundation. Both the Placemakers Foundation and Harold Arts reside at Haven Tree Farm and will contribute to the development of art and culture of Chesterhill and the surrounding Morgan County within southeastern, Ohio.

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $25
    Name credit (for sponsorship) in the final publication and on any web documentation of the project ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $50
    Everything above plus a signed print of the architectural sketch/renderings ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100
    Everything above plus a high resolution photographic print of final installation ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $250
    Everything above plus a high definition video of the choral performance ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    Everything above plus a copy of the final publication (at time of print- 2014) ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1000
    Everything above plus an invitation to the choral performance (August 2012) with support for travel and accommodation (limited number) ($0.00 is tax deductible.)

Sara Black

Chandler Family Awardee

I hold commitments as a visual artist, researcher, pedagogue, homeschooling parent, greenskeeper and environmental justice activist. My artwork uses durational processes of building, horticultural practices, and material transformation as a time-based method and diseased wood, ecosystem-specific trees/plants, unique landscapes, inherited …

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