SIDE STREET PROJECTS – “JEDI” SWING DEBUT
Grab a free copy of May Jong’s interactive guidebook and lounge out in Ismael de Anda III’s “Jedi” swing. Indulge in a hot bowl of FREE vegetarian & non-vegetarian chili with artists and SSP staff.
ISMAEL DE ANDA ||| – “JEDI” SWING DEBUT
Inspired by the glider-swing that his grandparent’s had on their farm in Presidio, Texas, Jedi is a glider-swing sculpture by Ismael de Anda III that the viewer can touch and ride on with a partner. De Anda considers this style of swing as his first childhood example of “sculpture.” The combination of the swing sculpture’s title Jedi, knights from Star Wars, with fragmented images of Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise, painted on the swing’s surfaces, are a mutation of science fiction universes. Gene Rodenberry, the creator of Star Trek was born in El Paso, Texas, the same place as de Anda. De Anda is interested in how Roddenberry and artists create fantastical worlds that don’t yet exist to inspire future generations to make into real technology. Jedi is also an homage to retiring fabricator Jedidia Dyer, who assisted De Anda in the development and creation of his glider-swing sculptures.
MAY JONG – “MY PASADENA” INTERACTIVE GUIDE BOOK RELEASE
The Interactive Field Guide to “My Pasadena” invites the public to explore the city of Pasadena through its public art. Art can engage the senses, emotions, mind, spirit and landscape. through using this guide, experience pasadena and art in a new way. As you fill the guide with your drawings, thoughts and observations, your book becomes a unique work of art. No two field guides will be the same. your artist’s book can also become part of the City of Pasadena history and archived with Side Street Projects, a non-profit, mobile, artist-run organization based in Pasadena. Bring the book back to Side Street Project’s Mobile Headquarters (and various “My Pasadena” mobile outpost locations) to have pages of your book scanned or photographed. You may even decide to donate the book to the archive where your experiences of Pasadena will be recorded for future generations!
Special thanks to the Pasadena Art Alliance for supporting this project.