Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Children's Museum of Memphis

Today, not only did Brett, Lilly, Isabelle, and I make the trek to Walls, Mississippi to fill orders for 130 more table legs; but, Brett and I pulled double duty with David Early (Heritage Association) to check out what the Children's Museum of Memphis was giving away. We loaded up three SUV's and a trailer, and still barely made a dent in the materials the folks at CMOM donated to us.

Thank you Cecilia for contacting The JunkYard about donating all of your "junk" after reading our article "Get ready for The Junyard" in last Friday's Commercial Appeal. Thank you Dick Hackett, the new Executive Director, for wanting to be involved in the community and inspiring your staff to donate. I am thrilled with all of the great stuff we are gathering; which includes, but is hardly limited to: exhibit pieces, a castle, a life-size spirograph, large tubes for slides and tunnels, can lights, scaffolding, and other building materials, and lots and lots (and lots) of really cool junk!

We have guesstimated that our trucks and trailer can hold a few more things to cart to a "holding" facility tomorrow, but have rented a larger moving truck for Thursday. Even with a larger truck we expect to make two trips to the warehouse in Walls. (It's that much)

This is definately a great addition to the materials we have collected thus far, and as those of you who are familiar with the concept know, most of this will get recreated into wonderful works of art for our youth to enjoy. Be sure to...

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Climbable Sculptures

If you have just read the article in today's Commercial Appeal, thank you for visiting. There are so many people to "thank" already, but we still have a very long way to go. We need a building and we need seed money. This is a project that is starting at the grassroots level.

As "ambitious" as I am, I think the picture of the students' work speaks for itself. It is through the effort of the ambitious students that will drive this project to be successful. It will also be through the effort of the ambitious teachers who sign up their students to participate, because they know what a challenging and fulfilling project this will be for their students.

When I gave my first presentation to the schools, I was met by "ooh's and aah's" from the students. (And I think we can all agree how difficult that is to extract from a teenager!!) They took this project very seriously, and it is apparent in the finished works of art.

The finished pieces will be incorporated as decor that surrounds a "found" object fountain; as well as, large climbable sculptures that span several stories tall, and will be built by area artists and engineers.

We are working diligently to build a place for the young and young at heart, and we need your help. Please contact me to see how you can be involved
Please visit us at our temporary site: http://home.earthlink.net/~cwlmw2004/thejunkyard/
email me at: junkyardmemphis@earthlink.net
or call: (901) 826-5574

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