My friend and I were eating lunch at an extremely cute café, when I noticed they had a really cool wall. The wall was weather-beaten 2 x 4’s placed horizontally covering a large space. The café was using the wooden wall as a backdrop for artwork. Then and there, I decided I would love to have a wall like that.
That started an incredibly involved quest. I did not have any immediate access to aged wood but knew of a few stores in Pasadena and the surrounding area that sold it. So, with loose measurements, Ron and I drove off to Pasadena. We spent the better part of the day going to several stores. It was then a little dose of reality set in, the outright purchase of aged wood to fill our wall was not going to fit in the budget. Consequentially, the project was put on the back burner for the time being.
Ron was working part time during this time. The business was in the process of doing a little cleaning and tidying up. He came home from work one day and started talking about 8-foot pallets. We wondered if they might work for the wall.
Now, I do not know if any of you have seen a pallet up close and personal. There are boards in the front and the back with supports in between with a zillion nails in between. We got the pallets home, took a good look at the 8-foot boards, and decided they would be perfect. Then began the part of taking the pallets apart, which was Ron’s job. I cannot tell you how many hours he spent, it was many weekends.
The wall was finished in 2015. It has been used for many different art projects.
The project that is up now is photos given to me by close friends that I decided to hang. You can see they are still in the archival bags and I used clips so not to damage the matting. I have had these photos for years and decided to get them out of the box.
One thing about art projects, it allows me to display the thoughts that run around my brain. You yourself can display your thoughts either by pencil, photo, writing, anyway. The main idea is to use your creativity.