The Tiki Love Truck – 2007
THE TREATMENTROOMS COLLECTIVE
On Saturday 8 September 2007, the UK’s first ever Art Car Parade saw 30 reconstructed vehicles take to the streets of Manchester in the name of creativity and fun. Amongst them was The Tiki Love Truck- a mobile mosaic mausoleum, commissioned by Walk the Plank.
Once conceptualised, the vibrant, Polynesian inspired design for the Tiki Truck was segmented and drawn onto separate brown paper templates. An indirect method of mosaic transfer was used, so that the tiles were temporarily fixed to the brown paper design, before being transferred to the Tiki Truck itself with a more durable adhesive. In total the truck took a team of five artists three months to complete.
During the making of the truck, Carrie received news that her friend, John Joe ‘Ash’ Amador, an inmate on death row, was to be executed. She decided to dedicate the truck to his memory and travelled to Texas with her friend and artistic collaborator Nick Reynolds. After bearing witness to Ash’s execution, Carrie and Nick Reynolds went with Ash’s body to a cabin in the local woods where Nick cast his death mask.
Ten days later, the Tiki Love Truck made its way through the streets of Manchester lined with thousands of spectators. Ash’s death mask took pride of place on the top of the truck. Commissioned by Walk the Plank for the first ever Art Car Parade, Manchester. The Tiki Truck was awarded The Makeover prize, for the most original or impressive applied decoration or feature.
The Tiki Love Truck has since toured the country and performed at various shows and exhibitions. This includes; Illuminated Art Car Parade – Blackpool 2007, Glowmobile Art Car Parade – Gateshead 2007, ‘402’ Vibe Bar – London, Glowmobile Art Car Parade – Gateshead 2008, Trash City – Glastonbury 2009, Camp Bestival – Lulworth 2009, Bestival – Isle Of Wight 2009, Illumniated Art Car Parade – Manchester 2009, Edinburgh’s Christmas Art Car Parade – Edinburgh 2009
Phoolan – London Elephant Parade 2010
CARRIE REICHARDT / NICK REYNOLDS
In the last 100 years, Asian elephant populations have plummeted from 200,000 to around 30,000. Two thirds of those losses have occurred in the past 10 years.
In 2010, Carrie Reichardt and Nick Reynolds joined the roster of artists and creatives contributing to the London Elephant Parade. The event saw 250 elephants placed around the capital for three months, before being auctioned at Sotheby’s to raise funds for conservation projects across Asia. Carrie was inspired by the David Attenborough quote below. Nick Reynolds wanted to portray the horror and sickness he felt when hearing of the species’ destruction at the hands of farmers and poachers.
“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”
The finished sculpture was named Phoolan Devi, in reference to the Bandit Queen of India. It pays clear tribute to both artists’ vision. One half casts the elephant as an almost exotic creature, with ornate head-dress and body cloth reminiscent of the most fantastical of children’s storybooks. The other half foregrounds the brutal reality of the situation. Through cutting away and re-casting sections of the resin shell, Carrie and Nick expose the elephant’s skull and skeleton, effectively illustrating the degeneration and eventual destruction of the species. Phoolan Devi was sold to Isabel Goldsmith and is now on show at her hotel in Mexico.
Mary Bamber – A Revolutionary Women – 2011
CARRIE REICHARDT / NICK REYNOLDS
ON PERMANENT DISPLAY AT THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL
Mary Bamber is a fitting subject for an artwork commissioned to stand on the notorious Speakers Corner outside St. George’s Hall in Liverpool. One of the lesser known activists in the suffrage movement, Mary Bamber was nevertheless a bold orator and militant, who refused to be silenced by her sex. The sculpture is not just a memorial, it represents those who have fought and are still fighting for political equality. The sculpture reminds us that only a hundred years ago that women did not have the vote. It is possible to create huge social and political change but it takes vision and fight.
Mary Bamber was painstakingly achieved through collaboration with sculptor, Nick Reynolds. Her facial expression became a point of obsession. Working with John Schoonraad, a leading advisor in prosthetics, Nick created an expression of pride and purpose, influenced by the Russian socialist style.
Beyond her face, the entire sculpture is covered in ceramic tiles. Her clothes have been given radical touches, with skull trims and motifs which recall contemporary Hells Angels. The base of the sculpture is tiled with the names and deeds of her fellows in the suffragette movement, providing an enduring monument to Mary and those who fought alongside her.
Mary Bamber – A Revolutionary Woman is now on permanent display in the museum of Liverpool. An informative mosaic figure of the suffragette and social revolutionary once described by Sylvia Pankhurst as the ‘finest, fighting platform speaker in the country’. She reclaims the original Speakers Corner on St George’s Plateau just as she did in the early 1900s. Draw inspiration from Mary’s achievements, have your say and discover more about those women who dedicated their lives to bringing justice and equality to all.
Little Miss DMT – Milan Elephant Parade 2011
CARRIE REICHARDT / NICK REYNOLDS
Little Miss DMT is typically controversial. The two-headed elephant was one of fifty created by various artists and displayed throughout Milan before being auctioned to raise money for the Global Elephant Parade charity.
She is a complex combination of colour, motif and slogan. The two-headed form is sinister but this impression is offset by the brightness of the piece and the flowers and butterflies that cover her body.
The sculpture was initially to be called ‘Bunga Bunga’ – in reference to the then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s, alleged sex parties.Unfortunately the name was considered too politically sensitive for the parade’s organisers. Instead the piece is radicalised with the phase ‘La Rivoluzionee’ora’ (the revolution is now), which is tattooed on each of the elephant’s ears. Shortly after the sculpture went on display, Berlusconi resigned and student riots swept the country. Life imitating art, as phrase on Little Miss DMT’s ears became strangely prescient.
‘Phoolan’s double-headed brother or sister…. Just about to start working on a double headed elephant for the Milan Elephant Parade…am I am sucker for punishment or what. Expect something very different this time round…and watch this space!’
‘It has been very busy in my studio. I have been surrounded by a whole team of lovely friends and volunteers, who have been helping me mosaic Phoolan’s double headed sister for the new Milan show’.
‘Waving Goodbye to Little Miss DMT. Finally, our double headed elephant has left the studio and will go on display in Sept in Milan. I simply could not have completed her without a wonderful group of helpers and I thank all of you so very much. Team Treatment Rooms – you know who you are!’
The Art of Recycling – 2003
LIVING SPACE ARTS
MOSAIC MURAL – HAROLD HILL LIBRARY
In 1998 Mark Wydler, Karen Wydler and Carrie Reichardt set up Living Space Arts. The collective were awarded the DEFRA (Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) funded contract for this community art project, following a competitive tender process and public vote. Living Space Arts designed, fabricated and installed the project.
The design was inspired by news that Harold Hill had the worst record in the region for recycling. This was taken as the controversial central theme for the artwork, as an attempt to raise awareness and combat the issue. Over 70% of the materials used to make this mural were recycled and re-salvaged.
The 8×2.4m mosaic is a rich and eclectic combination of stylistic influences, from Moroccan inspired borders to New York style graffiti, designed to relate to a diverse audience on multiple levels. The image is dominated by two figures that look out over an industrial landscape. The toxicity of their environment is evident in the smoke and sulphur which fills the air, forcing the young woman to draw on an asthma inhaler.
Beyond the initial stark impression, the Mosaic is an intricate and symbolic composition. An ammonite provides a reference to time and how, in a relatively short period, humans have had such an enormous impact on the planet.Similarly a large fern is a lush, green reminder of the earth’s legacy and our responsibility to maintain it.
Whilst the work depicts a world in crisis and the problems that need to be addressed by every nation, it grounds these issues and their solutions in the local area and community. A map of the area is incorporated, along with slogans written by children from the local school. These additions have clear but simple implication; think globally, act locally.
The call to action together with evidence of a communal desire to change, transforms this mosaic from a disenfranchised depiction of the world as we know it, to a sign of hope. It shows a community’s desire to address universal environmental issues head on, even if these demands places them under public scrutiny and exposes past failings.
Dada the Trojan Horse – 2011
CARRIE REICHARDT / NICK REYNOLDS
Early in 2011 I was one of ten artists who were asked to take part in the Fine Form Horse Parade. It is an an unusual exhibition of life size horses and sees each artist faced with an innovative blank canvas, a resin horse, in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Cheltenham Festival. Carrie chose to collaborate on the project with sculptor Nick Reynolds. Together they transformed their horse into a highly crafted and politicised artwork.The horse’s head was re-structured to resemble a skull, whilst the body was covered in ceramic tiles detailing the history of horses and the atrocities they have undergone at the hands of men. These included statistics from the animal rights group Animal Aid on fatal injuries to racehorses. Organised by Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, the Fine Form: Horse Parade, a special exhibition of unique equine art, will be on show from Monday 1 August 2011.
‘Our horse for Cheltenham is coming along nicely… Nick Reynolds is busy re-modeling this fine creature. I hope Cheltenham appreciates our hard work’.
‘Dada the Trojan Horse – leaves the studio for its new home in Cheltenham. We have worked day and night to complete this piece and I am mighty proud of it! I’m not sure what Cheltenham Festival goers will make of it as we have included are some hard hitting images and facts’
‘Conspicuously positioned among the racing fraternity, the artwork was always going to provide a point of discussion and controversy. Shortly after it was placed on public display, occupying a prestigious spot in the Long Gardens, the horse was vandalised and moved to the Beechwood shopping centre for its own safety’.
Read the full article at This is Gloucestshire