The Phoenix Project is a collaborative art piece celebrating the reopening of the Green Bean and the re-gathering of the Green Bean community.
In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.
In his study of the phoenix, R. van der Broek summarizes, that, in the historical record, the phoenix "could symbolize renewal in general as well as the sun, time, the empire, metempsychosis, consecration, resurrection, life in the heavenly Paradise, Christ, Mary, virginity, the exceptional man, and certain aspects of Christian life".
Thus spake Wikipedia.
The Green Bean Phoenix is made from paper plates and coffee filters to represent the good food and good coffee that draws the community together. The coffee filters have been written on by members of the Green Bean community, responding to the question: “What do you love about the Green Bean?”
There is still space left on the Phoenix for more feathers! Stop by the Green Bean and make your own feather.
I have the honor of being the first artist to show at the (re)new Green Bean! The art is up and ready for the opening on Saturday. Stay tuned for more on the process of the Phoenix Project and for the official "art opening celebration."
I recently had the absolute privilege of designing and implementing a window display for the Soundbridge Music Discovery Center.
First, I cut a bunch of paper leaves and musical instrument leaves. Then I glued them to some real branches that had lost their leaves.
Then, I made some brass instruments and found a few animals willing to play them.
And I took them to Benaroya Hall to play for the Autumn season. You can view a performance on 2nd Ave, just around the corner from Union St.
Exciting plans for the winter quartet and space are already under way!
Rebecca Joy Mohrlang
I like to make art from trash and discarded items. Follow along if you are interested.