“The ‘Great 948; event celebrates Orange County’s 948 square miles through creative expression. The ‘Great 948‘ exhibition collection began earlier this month, with the Park reaching out to the entire Orange County community to collect 6×6 works of art on Masonite tiles provided by the Park. People from all walks of life and all skill levels have been working to create an artwork using any medium.”
I had the great pleasure of being part of this community wide art project, this last weekend. I worked on 3 small pieces for the event, where each was to highlight a specific memory from the past that had personal significance. I chose to pick 3 different aspects of my life and highlight them on these boards.
The first was my delicately depicted retrospection on being abandoned as a child. The square features me in a box, pondering “where is everyone?” There is a sort of satire to this whimsical piece, that allows me to look back and laugh on my past.
The next piece I did was a small square featuring one of my girls with the date of 31. This is a dates back to a Halloween back in college when my roommate Darcy and I were involved in an awful car accident. We were somehow spared, given a second chance at life, a sort of ironic accident to occur on a sort of day of for dead.
My third piece was a little square commemorating my first date with Mathew, as we are reaching our 1 year anniversary this Oct 4th! He took me to lollicup and we got boba. He got sour apple and I got honeydew melon. We talked and got to know each other, and even though it wasn’t immediately love hahaha, things seem to have turned out just perfectly!
All in all this was a really great event, with a wall full of unknown stories and ideas, each depicted uniquely representing the county as one. Everyone’s experiences are different and what stands out as the moments that matter are always changing with new ones on the horizon. However, its good to reflect on the good and the bad together, to see how far you’ve come and how far you have yet to go!
STOP BY IF YOU CAN, SHOW RUNS THROUGH OCT 23RD! For Great Park Visitors Center hours or more information, call 866-829-3829 or go to www.ocgp.org
About the Great Park
The Orange County Great Park, with its 1,347-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. The Great Park features an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. Other features include the Carousel, Farm and Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area, and historic Hangar 244.