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Occupied Warren Public Art Project. Photograph by DeShawn Scott, of the D5 Group, Warren, Ohio

Occupied Warren Visual Entry Six

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I can officially declare that 40-degree weather or less is no more. Over the last couple of days, temperatures have hovered around 60-65 degrees. The house is much warmer, and the artists are just humming along.

Gigi’s art installation is on the first floor. Usually, she’s the first artist I see and speak to, along with her partner, Noah. Her progress has been marvelous to witness. It seems like yesterday she was describing to me her vision for the room. Now, things are rapidly taking shape. If you’ve ever listened to an artist tell you their vision, and then witness it coming to life, you understand why I used the word “marvelous” earlier.

Artist Gianna Jones works on the layout for her art installation. Photographed by DeShawn Scott of the D5 Group. Warren, Ohio

Artist Gianna Jones works on the layout for her art installation. Photographed by DeShawn Scott of the D5 Group. Warren, Ohio 

If I could only use one word to describe Bill Baron’s installation, it would be, methodical. I’ve seen him work on the first, and second floor of the house. From patiently adding artwork within the cracks of the walls to working inside a glass container. All I can say is, his installation is going to be something special.

Artist Bill Baron works on his concept for the Occupied Warren public art project in Warren, Ohio. Photography by DeShawn Scott of the D5 Group, a digital and visual marketing agency. Occupied Warren Public Art Project

Artist Bill Baron works on his concept for the Occupied Warren public art project in Warren, Ohio. Photography by DeShawn Scott of the D5 Group, a digital and visual marketing agency.


For the past few weeks, Josh Ford was the only reason I had to journey upstairs to the third floor. Today was different. I got to chat with Dave Karr, and document his progress.

If I had chosen to participate in the Occupied Warren project, the room Dave is working in would be my top choice. The slanted walls remind me of my bedroom as a teenager. I’d bump my head on the wall reaching for something or getting up from the floor after setting up my army men for battle. Ahh, the memories.

Listening to Dave explain the concept for his art installation, you can tell he cares about the City and is cognizant of the punishing economic blows its faced since Black Monday.

Beginning stages of artist Dave Karr's installation for the Occupied Warren Public Art Project. Photographed by DeShawn Scott of the D5 Group

Artist Dave Karr works on his installation for the Occupied Warren Public Art Project in Warren, OH. Photograph by DeShawn Scott of The D5 Group Artist Dave Karr works on his installation for the Occupied Warren Public Art Project in Warren, OH. Photograph by DeShawn Scott of The D5 Group

Artist Dave Karr works on his installation for the Occupied Warren Public Art Project in Warren, OH. Photograph by DeShawn Scott of The D5 Group Beginning stages of artist Dave Karr's installation for the Occupied Warren Public Art Project. Photographed by DeShawn Scott of the D5 Group


The first time I met Rindi Hanna was during the project site walk-thru a few weeks back. Today, she was focused and on a mission. I didn’t ask too much about her concept; instead, I recapped my reason for taking photographs or video clips and assured her that I’d stay out her way. Her first task was cutting and removing carpet out of the room. So much dust escaped from the rug as she cut it, I had to decide whether or not to leave the room. I decided to hold my breath and photograph as long as I could – I’m sure it didn’t help.

Artist Rindi Hanna works on his installation for the Occupied Warren Public Art Project in Warren, OH. Photograph by DeShawn Scott of The D5 GroupArtist Rindi Hanna works on his installation for the Occupied Warren Public Art Project in Warren, OH. Photograph by DeShawn Scott of The D5 GroupArtist Rindi Hanna works on his installation for the Occupied Warren Public Art Project in Warren, OH. Photograph by DeShawn Scott of The D5 Group

Don’t forget, if you’re Instagram savvy, you can check out more Occupied Warren content on the D5 Instagram channel @thed5group.

The Occupied Warren Exhibition June 8th and 9th in the City of Warren, Ohio’s Garden District. For more information about the project click here.

Signing out,

D.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Chris Meyer collects materials for his installation piece for the Occupied Warren Public Art Project. Photograph by DeShawn Scott
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  • […] In my last post, I declared an official end to cold weather. I was correct. For the last couple weeks, temps have hovered above 65 degrees. The great news about this is that the artists are now able to get more work done. Longer days also counter the lack of electricity at the project side. […]

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