Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kauffman After Party

We had a small party at Mark Salmon's home yesterday (8-27) complete with good company and good food.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On the Job: Day 47 8-18


Today we needed to cover up the 7th floor with plastic. It took us pretty much all day to cover up the 7th floor and to take the rest of the equipment back to school. By the time we moved the scaffolding to the last bay, we were seriously professionals at taking it apart and piecing it back together. Luke was pretty much the pioneer for taping the plastic to mural (because he was mainly the only one who could reach the area! haha) It was quite a productive day, and what a way to finish! We'll see you next year mural! Also, check out some video of Dan's visiting parents! As Abby would say, cheers!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On the Job: Day 46, 8-17

Yesterday we pulled paints and lights- today we pulled more paints and ladders. Today might have been the last time I ever leave the building before construction is completed. Tomorrow will be our last day working, but since I can't make it, I've asked Lance or Luke to take a few photos for me again. Tomorrow will consist of final touch-ups on the last box (which Lance and I helped with earlier today) and plastic-wrapping the entire seventh floor (which requires moving the scaffolding from box to box). I took three photos today. All of them while I was leaving, one was too black to make out, the other was blurry. A poetic way to end this adventure since the whole thing practically moved too fast to record with any degree of accuracy or justice. Cheers.

Monday, August 16, 2010

On the Job: Day 45, 8-16

Well my friends the time has come. Three colors on one bay left to paint. The crew and I have been working on wiping down walls and sealing them up with plastic still. Tomorrow will be the same. Luke is the one up in the final box and it's looking good. We're so close to being done. We even started pulling supplies from the building today. All of our paints and most of our lights have been packed up and sent away. It's going to be strange not being in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on a regular basis anymore after this week. We may not be back until the opening reception- and by then everything will be completed and the growth and constant change will slow to a halt. It's been fun. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

On the Job: Day 44, 8-13

I gave Blake control of my camera for a little while and the boy went nuts. I had to upload 130 photos to my computer earlier. One very good thing came form this though- He took some beautiful shots that really made me take a new look around the building and realize how gorgeous it really is all over again. For that, I thank him.

They had almost all of the scaffolding down in the center of the room by the time I left today.

My parents came in for a tour, which was great.

We are wrapping the boxes in plastic after we wipe them down, in order to keep them as dust free as possible.

Two boxes to go.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

On the Job: Day 43, 8-12


More of the dance floor is down. We could see floor to ceiling on both sides of the stage today. It was incredible. Of course, you can't take a very good picture just yet since most of the scaffolding is still in place, but boy is it cool to see in person.

Dan made the executive decision today that we will not be putting a sealant on the boxes. Sealants have a few risks (such as becoming cloudy over dark spaces, coloring over time, and trapping unwanted moisture) that outweigh the benefits at this point in the mural's life. That being said- We are literally days away from completion. Under Dan's estimation, we will be done this coming Wednesday at the earliest and a tentative Thursday at the latest. LESS THAN ONE WEEK!

The Doom Box was finished today, not a touch up left to be found.... except for that one little corner that I have been instructed to forget about hahaha. Micah and I did our happy dances- see our excited faces?

Colors in the Doom Box include:
A Purple You Can Believe In ("This one must have been named by a care bear)
Muddy Reincarnation
This is What Key Lime Pie Should Look Like
Lazy Leotard Left Limply
It's a Gurl pink
It's a Boy blue
Dusty Dillinger
Abby's Little Orange (no, I did not name it)
Intergalactic Green
... and some ugly yellow color that I don't want to talk about anymore (haha!)

Jobs are super hard to come by. I'm going to work with Micah again tomorrow- softly scrubbing boxes until they're dust-free. Next week, people involved with the process book will probably not be working in the auditorium, but rather, we will meet and further our progress with the Process Book we've been minimally neglecting lately. I'll take pictures when the whole thing is done, and hopefully we'll be allowed in later to see it once all the scaffolding is completely down from the center of the room.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

On the Job: Day 42, 8-11

Wow, lots going on today. Finding something to work on is almost becoming hard to do we are so close to being done. Micah and I did a happy dance today when we peeled almost the last bit of tape away from our final shape in the Doom Box. We need to touch up one more shape and the entire box will be finalized and peeling-free! Hopefully I didn't just jinx it. I brought cookies in to celebrate.

The construction boys are working on removing the dance floor (the temporary floor they had held up by scaffolding that ran parallel with the 7th floor), so we were able to get our first glimpse of all four floors worth of boxes on one side of the stage. That's so unbelievably exciting!

We were featured on NBC Action News this week. They interviewed our very own Andrea "Mo" Morris, and they used a picture from our blog that I took on day 21 which was super cool to see. They even mentioned the blog, though the link they gave takes you through the school's site and you have to filter through all the other silly blogs that our school has/facilitates. Wish they gave this link since I didn't even really know that the school was posting my posts in their blog... Meh.

You can watch the NBC story below, or you can CLICK HERE. There is also another story that's up on their site that is talking about fundraising for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts that you can watch HERE

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

On the Job: Day 41, 8-10

Another day at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Still working on touch ups. Micah and I are... well... still working in the Doom Box. I think the restart number in that box is at the minimum 5 at this point. So far so good, except for the spot that peeled... *twitch* but we fixed it...? Grr. 

There was a water main that broke. We couldn't clean our brushes out today, no big deal, but it could suck if it's not fixed tomorrow. 

I took lots of video today. I don't know when I'll get it up. I'll keep you posted. Ha, pun... posting on a blog.

Monday, August 9, 2010

On the Job: Day 40, 8-9

Started in "the box" again today. No peeling. Keep your fingers crossed. I mixed a new color today for it since we were running low on the original color. I dubbed it "A Muddy Reincarnation." It works. I asked Micah to bring me my camera and instead of going to get it, he drew it (See picture below). Uh.... I reckon that's all.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

On the Job: Day 39, 8-5

Didn't take many pictures today. Dan wasn't around so we didn't really do all that much. We got some minor house cleaning done- taped off some shapes, worked on some touch ups.... Child's play really. Dan is taking the day off tomorrow too, and I think we all decided like that sounded nice.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

On the Job: Day 38, 8-4

I started working in the box again. How many times have we heard that now? How about "it started peeling again.?" Well...... The dang box starting frickin' peeling again. I took up most of the dark green again and will have to finish scraping and GAC it AGAIN tomorrow. Grumble sigh complain. On a positive note, Jake was drinking a juice box today which totally made my day better.

Seven looks more and more complete every time I venture up there. The glass on the outside is still coming along really nicely.

We're not meeting for the process book this week. Too many people doing too many things.

The dance floor was looking pretty empty today. I guess they're really trying hard to start bringing scaffolding down soon. The place is going to look naked, empty, and HUGE once it all comes down I think. It'll be weird never seeing it around again, or hanging stuff off of it.... weird. I guess I should enjoy it while it's still around.