Erie Artists set their sights on the ArtPrize:
This art installation is looking for a home, to purchase contact Brad Ford at Erie Art Gallery . [email protected] 814.450.9005
The Giant Quacker Project, a Pop Art sculpture designed by Erie’s own artists David Seitzinger and Gary Cacchione prepare to enter ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
We hope the public at ARTPRIZE really connects with our art piece. -Gary Cacchione
Giant Quacker is the brainchild of David Seitzinger and Gary Cacchione This project was a commissioned work for the 2012 governor’s awards and is now a campus symbol at Mercyhurst University. Recently the family of art ducks was seen by an estimated 100,000 at the Perry 200 Commemorative Parade in Erie, PA. After the Perry 200 Parade, this duck family will be displayed at the prestigious ARTPRIZE competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan in September; competing to win the first prize purse of $200,000.
The POPArt duck family will be on display at the Grand Rapids Public Art Museum venue.
Gary Cacchione- I create original, functional,sculptural furniture. Asymmetrical forms,bold materials and modern shapes cleverly mingle with my experience to produce this furniture-art hybrid. I abstract motifs from chance encounters, movies, music and modern architecture to design and produce functional objects. My work is a combination and layering of various materials. My design process began almost exclusively with the use of native American hardwoods and veneers. My palette has grown to incorporate unexpected materials and innovative processes. That method has evolved from age old woodworking and joinery to include new cnc routing and vacuum bending technologies. This combination of old and new has led to a distinct change from one of a kind furniture to multiples. In 2010 I founded OZZO to become the entity responsible to produce and market these striking and conceptual furniture designs.
David Seitzinger, creator of sculpture prototypes for the LeapFrog! and Go Fish! Erie public art projects. A graduate in industrial design from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Seitzinger was a toy designer for Marx Toy Company. Seitzinger received first place in the Boston Mills show for a collaborative “flying machine” he created with John Vahanian that was also featured in the Paris Air Show. He has exhibited widely, including a recent solo show in Bethesda, Maryland, in Northwestern PA Artists Association shows and many others nationally and abroad.