Does this sound familiar?
You think someone is really great. So great that you actually want to tell the world and present them with an award in front of hundreds if not millions of people.
You bustle over to the local trophy and award shop and get a plaque they can hang on the wall next to another plaque and fire extinguisher.
You rethink the plaque and go for a trophy with a stand that would look nice on a shelf. Between the microwave and the toaster oven.
What’s an award presenter to do?
Let’s think this through. The two people being honored at the upcoming QCA Block Party on the backlot of the Kaufman Arts District are Mackenzi Farquer, the owner of Lockwood located at 32-15 33rd Street, Astoria, NY 11106, and George Rallis and Gary Anza, the owners of William Hallet, located at 36-10 30thAve, Astoria, NY 11105 .
How do you capture that in an award?
Talk to an artist.
There are artists who are able to create work that is inspired by and for a community. Some of these artists have been commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to make art for commuters to enjoy on the subways and in the stations. These pieces are thoughtful and site specific, relating in design, theme or colors to the neighborhoods they are placed in.
Pablo Tauler is an artist who lived in Astoria, lives in Jackson Heights and surfs in Rockaway. He has a lot of experience in doing this kind of work. His pieces can be seen in several sites in Queens and in Philadelphia.
We were sitting on his bungalow porch admiring his newly rigged surfboard rack that looked like an intriguing sculpture. After I told him about these awards, I asked him,
“What do you think?”
Pablo looked around the bungalow porch we where we were sitting and said,
“I’m thinking wood.”
Several sketches flew between us and just yesterday, these images of the awards in process came in.
These are some models he is working on. I love the movement I sense in these pieces. They will be sanded and polished with an area for an elegant onyx rectangle where we can inscribe a dedication. He will also recess a picture hook in the back so that the piece lays flush against a wall surface.
Quid pro quo
It makes sense. To honor someone for being a creative force in their community, have another creative force – a local artist- capture that in a piece that is in essence, a work of art.