A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

   by Olive Barber and Joan Barber for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Inspiration Artist: Georges Seurat

I created most of the figures and moving parts from the wire armatures and clay. I redesigned the box into a treasure chest using an exacto knife and glue. The rough texture of the grass I made by blending the paper strips with green paint. I pulled the fibers of the rope apart to make the leash for the monkey and the stems of the flowers. I melted the plastic balls down and squeezed them into treetops, then painted them. I used clay to make the river. I cut holes in the box to enable some of the figures to move. I painted the dots on the inside of the box with a toothpick to recreate Seurat's Pointism.

I painted the outside of the treasure chest to look wooden and added some of the thin wooden strips to the side to add to the effect. I bent the remaining wooden strips carefully, wedging them between nails in a wooden board after boiling the strips to soften them first (see picture). I made worn "leather" straps out of canvas and functional, tarnished buckles for each side with clay and wire. Lastly, Joan painted the three travel "stickers" that adorn the outside of the trunk. She create two from Chicago, because that is where the original La Grand Jatte resides, and one from Paris, because that is where he lived and painted the beautiful Seine.