Covid -19 Delays Mocko Jumbie Jamboree
As with everything and all things COVID-19- this too shall pass. The production schedule for the bronze casting stage of the Mocko Jamboree Sculptures has been delayed and pushed back till the end of 2021. At the end of 2019 the project got off to a great start and then in early 2020- around March- bang! the world all over- east and west COVID-19 hit us all. Travel was curtailed and my scheduled trip to Xiamen, China to oversee the production- enlargement and subsequent mold making of the three pieces came to a sceetching halt- However we pressed on- The task of remotely overseeing the wet clay modeling of the three sculptures details via- Facetime and WhatsApp on my iPhone and computer considering the 12 hour time difference- for 2-3 hours a night for two weeks was without question painstaking. With the enlargement from my Maquette and the making of the resin mold completed, the bronze casting stage has been on hold since then- Despite funding challenges posed by COVID-19, the good news is that at the end of the year 2021 the bronze casting stage in earnest will begin. There is still much work to be done on the home front as well as at the foundry. I want to thank my sponsors and supporters at Island Global Yachting for their commitment to seeing this prodigious project to its completion.
Here on St. Thomas, a robust tourism season is expected and ports of call shall be opened in the Caribbean and the USVI will resume its leadership as a major destination for tourists. Landscaping, signage and architectural preparation of the Yacht Haven Grande property for the proposed installation site of the sculptures is already on the drawing board and will need some tweaking. As with the foundry they await our signal to resume the bronze casting-prepping and patina- and subsequent crating and shipping of the sculptures to St .Thomas. This is an exciting time to be alive after emerging and surviving the Pandemic.
In the mean time I am getting ready for a month long residency in August at the Millay Art Colony in Austerlitz, New York State. There I will be working on a new interpretation of my "Slave Tag Series". More on that in my next blog.