Today we visited Sharktown, a location that allowed us to hang one of our eight public art project pieces. It’s distinctive in the best way! Sharktown is a beautiful building where Karina’s and Nissa’s pieces from the Single Story project are hung. Today we had the pleasure of going inside the building and get insight on all the amazing things it contains. We had no idea that many creative artists make incredibly beautiful things in this building. We especially loved the unique jewelry created by a very gifted artist named Steve. His work consisted of things like necklaces, bracelets and other varieties of jewelry pieces. His work was eye-catching because it consisted of abnormal shapes put together to make such beautiful jewelry. Many of Steve’s unique creations have been featured in many books, newspaper articles & catalogues.
After Steve showed us his art we then had the pleasure to meet with another artist named Katie to see her art studio. While we were there, she explained her art and interest with art. Her interest consisted of things like t-shirt making, fine arts, etc. She even explained her interest in collecting dead bumblebees and monarch butterflies which was different but interesting to me and my classmates. Katie then showed us a big stone that was used for printing newspapers and many other things centuries ago, it was called a Lithograph stone. Katie then challenged my classmates and I to pick it up the stone, resulting in us finding out how insanely heavy the stone actually is. We thought it was a very odd but incredible object to come across and it was interesting finding out what it was used for.
Katie explained that they decided to partner with our project because displaying art on the outside of their building could give the public a greater sense of what happens inside. They were also enthusiastic about the opportunity to build a deeper connection with the surrounding community.
We think that Sharktown is amazing and should be noticed not only for its incredible building but also its friendly owners and tenants, whose art is very different yet intriguing. From my experience with Sharktown, I would love to visit again and would definitely recommend people to experience it themselves. Thank you to Sharktown for your welcome and for partnering with us on this project!
Karina Rivera + Gina Rodriguez, Grade 11