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ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR/AUTHOR/FILMMAKER/ARTS ADVOCATE - My website is a guide to samples of my work as a creative person, both past and present. A SITE FILLED WITH WONDERFUL THINGS to see and experience. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes and A

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9 Murals In Santa Cruz You Must SeeTannery-Arts-Centerkirbyscudder

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:44:51 +0000

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RIP Jack O’Neill, My interview with Jack in 2013. What a great guy and such a contribution to the world!maxresdefaultkirbyscudder

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 05:11:23 +0000

Designation of his original Surf Shop as a California Historical Point of Interest. The effort to establish this location as a California Point of Historical Interest was spearheaded by Councilmember David Terrazas with… Continue reading

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The making of a 30′ sculpture. “you have no new messages”cropped-cropped-cropped-cruzcover2331kirbyscudder

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:33:41 +0000

“You Have No New Messages” Driving up River Street past Highway 1, you may have taken note of what appears to be a double-decker cow. The 30-foot colorful wooden sculpture is the work… Continue reading

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“GoodTimes: arts and entertainment weekly – The untold story of how Kirby Scudder’s cow art won the battle for the Tannery.gtcoverkirbyscuddergtcover

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:19:46 +0000

It’s good to have read about Kirby in “How Now Art Cow”. Kirby was key in the process of opening the Tannery Art Space Lofts in the beginning. Because of people like him,… Continue reading

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23′ Coho Salmon sculpture11423666_10207447004321880_4004237103677791732_okirbyscudder

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:46:00 +0000

The team in front of my 23′ Coho Salmon installed on the Soquel Bridge for “Ebb & Flow”. The Ebb & Flow River Arts Project celebrates and enlivens the San Lorenzo River and the… Continue reading

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DIY: Maps are powerful tools for deciphering an increasingly inter-linked world – by Tina Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinelbostonsmkirbyscudder

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:39:55 +0000

Maps help fulfill “the need to visualize our little lives in the context of a grander scale.” — Ken Jennings Before I take a trip to an unfamiliar place, I go to AAA… Continue reading

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My Documentary Film “Inspired by California” A look at, despite the State’s problems, why so many people stay and love California.IMG_7193kirbyscudder

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:19:42 +0000

Inspired By California a “Documentary Film and Social Media Project” Inspired By California is a year long documentary film project (May 2010 – May 2011) that asks Californians what inspires them about California

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The Revival Of Sculpture Racing In CambridgepicSculptureRace150606wRaceStart__0932w1050kirbyscudder“BiblioBurro was inspired by a story in the news a few years ago of a teacher in Columbia who wandered the countryside giving away books to kids,” said Scott Ruescher, program administrator for the arts in education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where students helped construct the papier-mâché, wood, chicken wire and cardboard critter. “The roller-skates I got from Chez Vous [skating rink] in Dorchester. Used. I paid 50 bucks for two pairs. I didn’t’ know how else to get the burro down the road.” (Greg Cook)“Tsunami Wave Machine (Homage to Hokusai)” by Steve Hahn of Stoughton has a crankshaft that makes foam-board waves spin. Also a tube rocks to make ocean sounds as he pulls the wagon. “The important part is the effect, to make people happy, especially children. Little kids love to see machinery because they don’t get to see anything anymore.” (Greg Cook)The “Sis-y-phus” team affiliated with the Harvard Physics Lab named their entry after the mythic Greek character who, as punishment from the gods, was forced to forever roll a boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down again before it got to the top. The sculpture is a square-wheeled sailboat riding on three sets of wavy track that must be repeatedly moved back in front of the boat after it passes over them. “Our boat is kind of nonsensical and going nowhere—or not going somewhere fast. So we thought it would be a great fit,” artist Kim Bernard said. (Greg Cook)“This was built in 2001 for a Bikes Not Bombs auction,” Bill Turville said of the “Fish Bike” that he rode in today’s race. “The bike was contributed by Bikes Not Bombs. I built the fish around it. It was sold, but it eventually made its way back to me.” (Greg Cook)“It actually works. It’s locked, as you can see,” sculptor Eric Legacy (in striped shirt) of Stratham, New Hampshire, said of his giant, welded steel rattrap, which he raced with his family. “I made it a while ago as a statement about corporate development. They were chasing the artists out of Fort Point Channel like rats. … It’s pretty dangerous. It could take your arm off.” (Greg Cook)The Somerville-based “Everything Muffin Collective“Wheel #2” was made by Bill Wainwright for the 1982 sculpture race and will be entering the permanent collection of the MIT Museum on Monday, race organizer Christian Herold said. His nephew, James Herold, who piloted it today, said, “It’s kind of like a cantilevered wheelchair with just two wheels. You have these smaller hand wheels that you move to go. It’s got a 0-degree turning radius. You can get up to some pretty significant speeds in this but the faster you go, the less control you have so you really don’t want to do that.” (Greg Cook)Be Be (who is sometimes also known as Brenda Be) of the American Family Happily Institute. (Greg Cook)“As it gets pulled along, it’s got a drive train that makes all the birds flap,” said Dennis Svoronos, who was joined by his wife TT Svoronos (in white) and friend Rory Beerits. “Flock” was meant to “give the idea of teamwork” that’s part of their work together as Artist Operation in South Boston—and in People’s Sculpture Racing itself. Their odds of winning? “I think because we’ve got round wheels, we’ve got a good chance.” (Greg Cook)Jeff Del Papa of Waltham got help unloading his “Bedlam Express,” a giant belt-sander that he constructed at Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville. “There used to be belt-sander races in Somerville,” he said. “Artisan’s Asylum is all about getting tools in people’s hands. So building a big tool was an obvious thing.” (Greg Cook)“This is Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine which I made around ’99 for a Christmas Revels production that was set in Italy,” sculptor Mitch Ryerson said of the contraption pictured here at left. “It’s all wood and scrim for the wings. Given the right situation it will actually become airborne.” (Greg Cook)Steve Hahn pulls his “Tsunami Wave Machine (Homage to Hokusai)” ahead of the “Apoplectic Apocalyptics” was another of Bill Turville’s contraptions, in this case built from “trash recovered from the Lowell canal system” during a clean-up he took part in some years back. “The wheel is made out of wood and it’s cracked,” said Amy Xiao (center), a River Fest volunteer who was roped into racing the thing. “So we had to drag it.” (Greg Cook)“This thing was originally made by an architect from Manchester-by-the-Sea, a guy named Sherry Proctor,” Arlington artist Bill Turville said of “Big Fish.” “It was made for parades, but he only used it once. He put it in a barn. It was wasting away. So his wife and daughter gave it to Emerson Umbrella. … We reassembled it this year for the first time in, like, 25 years.” (Greg Cook)BiblioBurro’s chances of winning? “Edison [Alvarez-Morales, at left] is an excellent folkloric dancer, so he’s quick on his feet. I’m a jogger,” Scott Ruescher (right) said. “But the burro is very stubborn.” (Greg Cook)“It’s two slit gongs that intersect together,” sound sculptor Jay Havighurst of Essex said of his “Rolling Slit Gong.” “You can play them. They’ve got one note on each side. They’ve got different pitches.” (Greg Cook)

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 06:31:33 +0000

How great is this. The kinetic sculpture race that myself and artist Geoff Koetsch started in 1987 and took around the world for 11 years is back. Cambridge resident Christian Herold asked us if… Continue reading

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My interview with Jack O’Neill, surfer legend and wetsuit pioneermaxresdefaultkirbyscudder

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:44:33 +0000

The location of Jack O’Neill’s original Santa Cruz surf shop site was recently designated a historical point of interest. Watch an interview w/ Kirby Scudder – at the dedication with Jack O’Neil on KUSP

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