PETER W. MICHEL, Sculptor     Sculpture in Celebration of Self, Relationship and Community
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CELEBRATING FATHERS and SONS: 
A World Wide Public Art Project Proposal 
Fathers and Sons
100 "Fathers and Sons" sculptures: one in every state of the United States and one in 50 other countries to match.   This project was inspired by the comments of Brigham Young University professor David Dollahite and the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
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Fathers and Sons in Urbana
The proposed launch phase would include a traveling exhibition designed to put forth the proposed project and encourage participation by the community and especially engage in a dialog about fathering, community building, structures of support, caring for the next generation, etc.. 

This phase would also include an interactive web site, a print publication and an application procedure for placement of the "Fathers and Sons" sculptures. 

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Fathers and Sons in Chicago
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Fathers and Sons Totem  Fathers and Sons Totem detail  
Fathers and Sons in Urbana
It would be the intention of the project to form a partnership with organizations that are involved in fostering dialog and supporting fathers, their children and families as well as arts/cultural/govenmental organizations that would support the design and/or presentation of exhibitions.
Fathers and Sons in Chicago
The National Center on Fathers and Families at the University of Pennsylvania, The National Fatherhood Initiative, The Fatherhood Project of the Families and Work Institute, and Fatherwork , a part of the Family Studies Center at Brigham Young University, are a few of the many who are generating conversations and actions to promote better fathering and communities which in turn support our children and a world that works!   See Fatherhood links .
 
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Linear Fathers and Sons If you would like to have a presentation or a display/exhibition about this project scheduled in your community or a community you know about, or if you'd like to have a conversation about placing a "Fathers and Sons" sculpture in your community please write, send an email or phone to let me know or fill out the feedback form on this website. See above for contact info.
"Fathers and Sons"  a 10 f oot tall painted aluminum sculpture shown at Chicago's Pier Walk on the Navy Pier and at the Wandell Sculpture Garden in Urbana, IL   Also shown is a 6'-8" tall wood totem version of "Fathers and Sons"  A variety of models and drawings in the exhibition would demonstrate how each sculpture in the World Wide Public Art Project would be unique.
 
"In a world in which we often find ourselves isolated and estranged from one another, my work suggests and celebrates the possibility of relationship and community where love, support, playfulness and individual self expression can flourish."  -Peter W. Michel
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  PROJECT NEWS: 
Peter had a display about the project at the Planners Network National Conference in Rochester, New York in June and gave a 2 screen slide presentation sub titled:  "Public Art as a Tool for Community Activation".

A fountain competition was entered  for the city of Boulder Colorado which included a "Fathers and Sons" component. as a part of the total community.  This very ambitious project, with a budget of $1,850,000 included a community totem in the center with 8 sculptures encircling it, including "Fathers and Sons", "Mothers and Daughters", "Fathers and Daughters", and all the combinations!

A project was being pursued to develop a "construction" toy - a kit of parts that can be used by communities to develop their own unique version of "Fathers and Sons" and which could be sold to generate funds for the larger project.  
 
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other Fatherhood links
link to "Fathers and Sons" in Chicago"Fathers and Sons" in Urbanathe sculpture's move to Urbana
link to What people say about "Fathers and Sons""Fathers and Sons" models etc .
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 1983/2008 by Peter W. Michel                Posted 1-04-01   updated  4-21-13

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 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780 peter@petermichel.com