For Open Source, artist Jonathan Monk created the skateable sculptures Steps and Pyramid. Read on for his thoughts on the project!
Carly: What first interested you in Open Source?
Jonathan: I was invited to work on the idea of a sculpture or sculptures for a skateboard park, though initially the connection to Open Source was not clear. I knew my involvement was part of a group discussion but didn't really grasp the scope of the project. I am often invited to think about a particular context for an exhibition so the concept of "open source" was something I've always been interested in. Pedro Alonzo, the curator, understood my particular interests and was open and encouraging.
Carly: Has any part of the process surprised you?
Jonathan: How easy it all was! Or maybe it wasn't, but from where I was sitting it all looked very straight forward. I'm sure this is down to the team involved in the process. I was very pleased to see how local skaters helped define the production: they knew exactly what was needed, and gave information I was just not able to offer, since I can't (or don't!) skate.
Carly: What one other Open Source project has caught your eye?
Jonathan: I have only been able to follow the projects via the Internet and due to their particular nature I think most of them need to be experienced first hand - luckily I'll be in Philly this weekend and will get a chance to experience many of them.
Carly: Thanks so much for your time, Jonathan!
If you’d like to hear more from Jonathan, join us this weekend at Use This Art.