Material Culture

Arts & Culture
1:15 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Recycled Highway Signs Point to Home for Madison Resident

The highway signs that "patched" the home Carol Bracewell bought
Credit Gianofer Fields

A Madison woman finds her new home’s previous tenant found a way to recycle old highway signs - and repair his floors at the same time.

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Arts & Culture
4:48 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Art Show Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel

Architect and artist Emily Scali's bike wall
Credit Gianofer Fields

Artists aim to create artwork that's both "beautiful and functional" from bicycle parts.

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Arts & Culture
6:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Don't Touch? Not at This Museum

The Wildernest at the Madison Children's Museum offers young kids a hands-on museum experience.
Credit Courtesy of The Design Coalition

How do you design a museum that's eco- and kid-friendly?

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Collector's Souvenirs Recreate Historic Southern California

Swag based on the popular 19th-century novel "Ramona"
Credit Dydia DeLyser

A souvenir is usually something someone brings back from somewhere they paid a visit. But what happens when the somewhere no longer exists? That's the question material culture contributor Gianofer Fields sought to answer in her latest "It's a Material World" segment.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

How Wisconsin Students Pulled Off One of the Greatest College Pranks Ever

Did Lady Liberty really sink in Wisconsin's Lake Mendota?
Credit Angela Weier and Bryce Richter

Madison students pranked a city using a lot of Styrofoam, a lake, and the Statue of Liberty.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Building Community with Molten Metal

A group pour begins as artists gather to cast metal art pieces.
Credit Gianofer Fields

When Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields was a kid, her father worked at Pelton Steel Casting Company in Milwaukee. Very simply put, casting metal is the process of melting iron, pouring it into molds, and letting it cool. Her father was a Finish Grinder and it was his job to clean up the cast objects after they were pulled from the molds.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat January 5, 2013

A Heat Gun, Some Plastic Bags, and the Sun

Pete Prodoehl's "Plastic Sun," constructed from plastic grocery bags with the assistance of a heat gun.
Credit Gianofer Fields

This summer the Chipstone Foundation challenged artists from all over Wisconsin to use just one tool to create a work of art. Contributor Gianofer Fields has presented some of their stories in recent months in our It’s a Material World series.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Body as Art: A Conversation With the "Dominican Dominator"

Professional bodybuilder Victor Martinez
Credit rebodybuilding.com

This artist's canvass is his own body.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Artist Gets Primitive in 'One Tool Challenge'

With just some wood and an ax, Milwaukee artist Joshua Hunt creates this piece.

For the past several months, Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields has been asking artists throughout Wisconsin a simple question: if you had only one tool at your disposal to practice your craft, what would it be? For some artists, who already use only a select few tools in creating their art, it was an easy choice; others simply couldn't - or wouldn't - choose.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Beware the Mad Pumpkin Carver!

Some of the "victims" of the Madison Mad Pumpkin Carver.
Credit She Who Is Not to Be Named

 If you don't carve your pumpkins, someone will. 

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