What happens when you get 10 teams of widely creative people together and give them a week to go wild building innovative outdoor sculptures?
We’re not completely sure… but this year will bring more crazy, jaw-dropping displays of genius than ever before!
The artists formed teams and have been locating materials, planning construction methods, and refining design ideas for over a month. Starting on September 30, they marked their installation spots and started working. The finished sculptures will be unveiled during Oct. 7 First Friday Art Walk, and families and the public are invited to come join the sculpture-building fun at our cool hands-on “Build a Sculpture or Make a Monster from Recycled Junk!” creation area on the ideaXfactory outdoor stage. MSU Clayworks will present live Raku pottery firings throughout the evening on the adjoining MSU Brick City parking lot.
The artists have formed teams and have been meeting over the past month to locate building materials, plan construction techniques, and discuss ideas. Students and faculty from Missouri State University are involved along with talented local artists and visiting artists from East Central University in Oklahoma.
Families and the general public are invited to come join the sculpture building fun with a cool hands-on “Build a Sculpture or Make a Monster from Recycled Junk!” creation area located on the ideaXfactory stage. The free hands-on area will be open to kids and the general public with materials available during First Friday Artwalk on October 7. MSU Clayworks will be presenting live Raku firings throughout the evening on the adjoining MSU Brick City parking lot.
Judges for the competition will be Nick Nelson, Director of the Springfield Art Museum, Jerry Hatch, esteemed retired MSU Art/Sculpture Professor, and Russ RuBert, Director of ideaXfactory and mastermind of the Sculpture X-Games.
Prizes for the Sculpture X-Games have been donated by The Law Firm of Neale & Newman, LLP, Conco Companies, RuBert Studios, and the Vision Clinic. Generous material donations for the event are provided by Advanced Fabrication Technologies, Art Zone, and RuBert Studios.
The ideaXfactory is located in downtown Springfield at 351 N. Boonville at the railroad crossing adjacent to MSU Brick City Art + Design Galleries on Mill Street. The ideaXfactory cheerfully recognizes Springfield’s amazing artistic talent and is an active part of the IDEA Commons and the collaborative community effort to rejuvenate the Downtown Springfield.
Competing teams include students and faculty from Missouri State University, local professional artists, and visiting art faculty from East Central University in Oklahoma: Team Mothra, Team Stargate, Duck Feet Gnomes, Bad*** B****** of Waverly Place, A Large Ball of Mystic Proportions, Springfield Rocks, Team Excellence, Time Text, Lucid Dreams, and the Cohorts. The sculpture installations will be on exhibition outside the ideaXfactory through October-November, 2106, and prizes awarded during the November 4th First Friday Art Walk.