ismael de anda iii “celestial bodies” art installation

The nationally recognized artist, Ismael de Anda III “Celestial Bodies” Art Installation was a collaboration between the Texas Tech University School of Art in the J. T. & Talkington and College of Visual And Performing Arts and the College of Human Sciences. De Anda, an artist-in-residency at Texas Tech University, worked with students to create the site-specific installation. Sponsors for de Anda's artist-in-residency and this project come from funding from the Ryla T. & John F. Lott Endowment for Excellence in the Visual Arts administered by the School of Art as well as Landmark Arts in the School of Art whose exhibitions and visiting artists and scholars programs are supported through a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additional funding comes from the College of Human Sciences and the Printmaking, Sculpture, and Art History Programs in the School of Art.De Anda's imaginative concept seen in this piece responds to Lubbock's culture of wind and aviation history as well as his personal interest in science fiction. The installation is composed of a variety of materials including souvenir t-shirts donated by the Lubbock and Texas Tech community. De Anda worked with the School of Art sculpture students to construct a monumental bone-like framework for the piece while designer and artist Professor Rachel Anderson worked with apparel design and manufacturing students to re-purpose the t-shirts into panels of a canopy affixed to the structure. The ADM undergraduate and ENVD graduate students in Sustainability for Fashion worked with the artist to attached the canopy to the structure and hang the installation on September 22, 2017.

In the summer of 2019 the sculpture was taken down and ready to be re-purposed once again. Working along side the artists original vision of community involvement, Apparel Design and Manufacturing Assistant Professor, Rachel Anderson created the curriculum and taught a summer fashion camp with Lubbock Arts Alliance and One Heart Orphan care with the purpose of re-using the de Anda II sculpture and giving back to the community. The t-shirt canopy was used by the kids to design and sew their own t-shirt from the patchwork canopy, create their own painted textile design on the shirt, and model their design in the final fashion show held in July of 2019.