Michael Jones McKean just won a Guggeinheim Fellowship. This is especially exciting to me because he is a sculpture professor at my alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. According to richmond.com, "His work goes from the monumental - such as using 2,000 pounds of clay in one sculpture - to the ephemeral. His latest project, "The Public Rainbow Project," seeks to create rainbows over public buildings. He already started by creating a rainbow over his studio on Mulberry Street" in Richmond, VA.
"A recent installation includes a ghostly re-constructed riverboat that gives the illusion of being 100-feet long. The same installation, entitled "Riverboat Lovesongs for the Ghost Whale Regatta" includes an 800 gallon acrylic water tank, a 10 horsepower three phase special effects fan, a 1986 Super Jumbo boom box and a Hall and Oates soundtrack." Check out some images from MJM's Riverboat installation. The final image, a photo of his studio, illustrates his Public Rainbow Project.