Beth Holyoke and Käthi Seidl
J.F. Kennedy Park, Kettering
From a call for artists in producing a project that would engage the community in designing, planning and construction two public art works, Yellow Springs artists, Beth Holyoke and Käthi Seidl, worked with the community surrounding Kennedy Park in Kettering to design an EGG covered in made mosaic tiles.
Through a public meeting, Kennedy Park neighbors and Kettering residents planned the theme of the project to reflect the adjacent historic site of Polen Farm. Individuals expressed their desire to reflect their memories of the farm and what the park means to them today.
A series of 14 community, public school, and adult special needs workshops were conducted and involving all ages and emphasizing family involvement. A total of 1500 tiles were produced by 500 individuals and permanently attached to the form.
Beth Hoyoke and Käthi Seidl are artists living and working in Yellow Springs, Ohio. They have created over 20 collaborative sculptures together since 2005. Holyoke is a Yellow Springs native and studied sculpture at Georgia State in Atlanta, and has taught across the region, including at Earlham College, Mills Lawn Elementary, the Dayton Art Institute. Seidl was born in Munich, Germany and learn ceramics at John Bryan Community Pottery studio when she moved to Yellow Springs in 1995.