FABRICATIONS:An Outdoor Installation by Curt Belshe and Lise Prown.

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR RELEASE: 1/12/ 2001


Site:  Bank St. Between Main St. and Park St. in Peekskill, NY

Artists Curt Belshe and Lise Prown have created 8 large banners that are hung on Peekskill city lampposts along both sides of the one block area of Bank St. abutting the original site of  he Southard Robertson Foundry and the current location of the Peekskill Farmer's Market. This project is sponsored by the Peekskill Arts Council with funding from the Westchester Arts Council.

Peekskill was well known for its stoveworks and the skill and beauty of the cast iron stove that were produced here. The stoveworks utilized the local supply of iron that from our area.  These stoves were sold across the nation and provided an economic catalyst for the growth of the city during the 19th Century.

During this same period Americans were formulating ideas about work and about amily life that are both familiar to modern viewer and in some instances, archaic.  The

artists have used short quotes, from the famous and the obscure of this period, that resonate with a modern viewer.


A fireside is a great opiate.

"A Few Thoughts on Sleep" Leigh Hunt 1784-1859


Fatigue is the best pillow.

Benjamin Franklin


The hardest thing about making a living is that you have to do it again the next day.

Thomas Edison


The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.

Arthur Bribane


Since the house in on fire let us warm ourselves.

Italian Proverb


Many hands make light work.

Proverb


People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

James Baldwin


These brightly colored banners use images of stoves from in 19th century advertisements, that were abricated at the Southard Robertson Foundry. The stoves are juxtaposed with close-up photographic images of the faces of "moulders", local iron workers from the period. The effect is both decorative and dramatic-recalling the very local history of the downtown area and the economic base that created the growth of this city in the early to mid-nineteenth century.

The banners are hung using brackets on lamposts along the street. The artists worked closely with the eekskill Dept. of Public Works to hang these banners in a safe and effective manner.