I just met with the Board of SNICC to give a presentation and ask about laying a concrete pad which would serve as the Mammoth’s final resting place in North Las Vegas. It was an amazing experience! I can’t thank them enough for the amazing experience.
I just returned from an amazing weekend working with Dana Albany at the Box Shop in San Francisco! The Box Shop is a place where many talented metal workers, fountain makers, wood workers, and the artistically inclined come together to work in a space with creative vibes flowing from every angle. As I was there, I was very fortunate to go around Dana’s space in the shop and learn how to use all the tools. I learned how to MIG weld, use a grinder, use a plasma cutter, bend metal, and search through the scrap metal pile for cool pieces! Also my face got COVERED in soot!!!After spending three days working, I was able to create another mini mammoth model I brought home. I was also fortunate enough to work with Tristan Harvey, a creative and extremely talented welder, as well as his adorable dog Roxy. Now that I know all the tools and tricks to the Box Shop, I have a running list of the items I need to collect for our giant space which will hold our very own metal working shop which I will be calling “The Hot Box”. Dana and I also worked on gesture drawings for the mammoth so we can begin working with an engineer to make sure our sculpture is structurally sound. Everything is moving right along!!! 🌈 Happy Pride week as well 🌈
This weekend I went to San Francisco to visit an artist who I was lucky enough to meet with – Dana Albany. She has been creating art and bringing it to Burning Man since 1999, when she entered her first piece, a tree made from skulls from various animals that she called “The Bone Tree”. Since then, she has been creating sculptures from found objects specifically metals. Her artistic style when it comes to this medium is extremely skillful, creative, unique, and breathtaking. She would be the perfect addition to the creation of the exterior skin structure of this sculpture. Cory and her son Sagan, who was the youngest person to bring art to Burning Man came with us to make the introduction. We got to see her studio, her sculpture called “The Gatekeeper”, and other artist’s work around the city. I had an amazing time and I think she is interested in working with us! I really connected with her and she would be happy to teach me the tricks of the trade.
Today I gave a speech at a Tule Springs council meeting where they give updates about the work being accomplished as the monument develops. I gave a speech and presentation updating the members and other attending people about the development of my project where I presented the model and movements toward the possible final location for the Monumental Mammoth. After my speech, I was greeted by Councilman Cherchio, the Mayor Pro-temp of NLV, where I presented him with a Girl Scout pin of honor, thanking him for all the time, encouragement, support and guidance he has given me through city processes to make this dream a reality. He has been a true mentor for me and sees this vision as a reality. I was then met on stage by Judy Stokey, from NV Energy, who surprised me with my first donation of $10,000 toward the Monumental Mammoth. It was truly a BIG surprise!!! I am so so excited to see this project growing and it’s amazing that the community is getting pumped up 🙂
Video of the presentation of the check: https://youtu.be/obCht7DbTME
Today I presented my project to the board members of the Protectors of Tule Springs. This is the first speech I have given about my project so far in front of a crowd. It was really fun and nerve racking :D. I was very excited and took time to present my vision of the sculpture so everyone in the room could envision a giant mammoth that would tell the story of the beloved monument they put their time and support to develop. Many of the people have been members throughout the process of the dream of this land ever becoming a national park. We got our first very generous donation from Terry and Diana Smith!!!
Today I learned how to TIG weld! I met with Luis at his studio and we created our first mini model. It is made out of raw steel that has been cut into mammoth bone pieces. We assembled those and welded them together so they stay in one piece. The miniature model is a foot tall, and we are hoping our future mammoth is 15 times the size!
Today, I was honored as well as the other members of my Girl Scout troop who had Gold Award Projects concerning Tule Springs National Monument with the Get Outside Las Vegas Award for Stewardship and Partnership Commitment. We were recognized for our monumental efforts in leadership and ingenuity with the Monumental Penny Push for Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.
We were also mentioned in this article regarding the award:
Today I went to Tule Springs with Sherri and Jill to simultaneously clean up and collect materials for the Mammoth! There is so much cleaning up to do! If you are interesting in helping us gather materials we will be conducting clean-ups so please continue to check up on our blog so you can get involved.
Today I met with Luis at his studio. He created some blueprints and some ideas for the structure of the project. Now that we know what materials we need to create the basic structure, we need to come up with a budget and funding.
Luis Valera-Rico – http://varelarico.com
On December 19, 2016, the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in North Las Vegas will get its first walking trail, spanning nearly 2 miles near the future site of the Villages at Tule Springs, a sprawling master-planned community. Check it out!