SILK MILL 145

LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS

Kent, Ohio

In the Spring of 2003 I was commissioned to design and install a timeline of sorts depicting the many former inhabitants and lives of the historical building (See: GeoHistorianProject-SilkMill).  Originally the owners envisioned  a 10' x 10' area on the available wall, but it soon grew into a much more ambitious project.

Having never worked with the Dryvit System, (a type of exterior wall system), I basically approached this project in the same manner as I do most of my work: Draw with the Saw!  All the forms were cut from 2 x 4' sheets of outsulation ,(Styrofoam-like insulation material), then pieced together to create the larger composition.  Not being aware of the actual installation procedure, which involves wrapping the entire surface with mesh and acrylic stucco, I was met with horrified expressions and loud objections when I first showed the guys on the crew my sketches: too many curving, organic shapes!  Once they educated me about the process, we were able to compromise on the number of curves... it proved to be a challenge well-worth the effort for all of us.

Working 18+ hour days, (I basically lived on-site), I was able to finish the project in 2 weeks.  It was one of the most exhilarating and satisfying experiences of my life. 

 

I welcome any and all opportunities to do more.

 

 

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Artist Teresa Bosko in front of Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Geoff Butler.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

"Before" polaroid of Silk Mill 145. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Forms were cut from 2 x 4' sheets of "outsulation," a Styrofoam-like material. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Laying-out the splash. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

To the studio! Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

My "studio," the 2nd floor of the mill. At the time, crews were gutting & dry-walling the first floor, and a very long extension cord provided electricity. Working there at night was a little spooky, but really, really wonderful, as the mill was empty, and the sound of the river below filled the air. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Yeah, baby! Alpaca measures approximately 23' tall. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

"Mudded" alpaca. Process involves wrapping the entire surface with a first coat of plastic mesh and acrylic stucco mud. Curves can be especially tricky. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

The mudding continues... Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

The making of Silk Mill 145. Copyright Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

The making of Silk Mill 145. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Mud beginning to dry on the mulberry leaves. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Big shout-out to the guys from Integrity Wall Systems of Akron, Ohio! Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

The brilliant guys from Integrity Wall Systems of Akron, Ohio. You rock! Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

The making of Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

The making of Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

The relief sculpture was installed on the back side of the garage, facing the river. It covers approximately 2000 square feet. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

A couch, needle & thread, and Marvin Kent... Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

The splash is made from the number 2003, denoting the year of installation. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Completed. Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Geoff Butler.

Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko
Silk Mill 145 by Teresa Bosko

Artist Teresa Bosko in front of her relief sculpture for Silk Mill 145, Kent, Ohio. Copyright 2003 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Geoff Butler.