My close friend and colleague Austin Sheppard participated in SWIISS this summer. His employer, Davidson College, wrote this article on him and the event. It is a great piece, very thorough and accurate, hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to share this piece using the social media icons at the bottom of the post.
the public reaction to this project was overwhelmingly positive. I am grateful to each of the Artists that traveled from around the world to create and gift art to this community, but more importantly I am grateful to the kind people of Costa Rica for welcoming us as guests in their beautiful country.
On Sunday we took a much deserved break and were toured around as the honored guests in a classic car parade that began in the Heredia Central Park, and took us high into the mountains north of the Central Valley for an incredible barbecue with members of the Antique Car Club of Costa Rica, hosted by the family of famed Costa Rican Sculptor Jiminez de Heredia.
SWIISS 08.24.2013 the community is engaged and enjoying all the activity!
Today is day 6. SWIISS has 9 days left. things got off to a slow start but we are rolling now – SWIISS is officially underway.
Susan really hit the grand slam when she planned our Christmas trip to Arenal last December. Our fondness for this place was instantly endorsed by the SWIISS Artists, and we finally got a chance to welcome the group with a proper meal at Gingerbread with Chef Eyal.
Renowned Stone Sculptor Chris Peterson and his girlfriend Sanne Koetsier arrived from the Netherlands on the first of August. Since his arrival, Chris has worked tirelessly to assist me in overseeing all event logistics and planning. We are working out the final symposium mechanics and preparations for SWIISS, which still – after a year of […]
SWIISS is approaching fast. Chris Peterson arrives in three days, and the other SWIISS Sculptors follow in just two weeks. I am working around the clock right now to keep up with the volume of work I have created for myself, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am really excited about this whole thing…
energy is brewing as we near the opening for 2013 SWIISS Costa Rica. The Mayor’s office in Heredia are predicting that attendance could reach as high as 20,000 people over the two weeks (August 18 – 31) the group of Sculptors from 6 nations will be creating monumental-scale artworks in the Central Park of Downtown Heredia. Here is some information about the Sculptors participating in the inaugural SWIISS event.
The bottom line is that I have accomplished more than I thought possible, in less time than than I thought possible, and I still have a few months to go. I have submitted my recommendations to the Tropical Forestry Initiative Board of Directors and committed to continue working with them in the future where I am able.