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The Time Travelers

One of my favorite things to say lately, is that a person cannot describe a place like The Ruins Project in one sentence. The things that happen here just wont fit in a box. We could call it a…

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If you build it…

From the first day I walked through my giant cement canvas, my cathedral to coal, my beast across the creek (The Ruins has acquired many nicknames), I knew it was bigger than me. What I failed to…

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Intuitive Composition - The online course

I have great respect for the self-taught artist. We learn by failing. We succeed through adversity. We thrive without safety nets. We invent and tinker and experiment. The artist who rises up…

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Sasquatch at The Ruins

Help bring Sasquatch to The Ruins Project Become a part of The Sasquatch Project by helping an award-winning artist create a true to life rendering, in mosaic, of the most famously infamous of…

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On Alligators and Institutions

As Robert was installing an old metal furnace grate onto a wall at The Ruins, I had a flash memory from childhood. Growing up in The Mon Valley, a place that, by the 1980’s had already begun…

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The Allegory of The Truthseeker

She first came to me in 2005 in a dark massage room. Not quite fully formed, but with many of her elements intact. I had been deep into reading Plato’s Allegory of The Cave and Montaigne’s Essays,…

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Mosaic is the Most Powerful Medium in the World

The title to this piece came to me in the shower this week. There must be something about the hot steam that brings out ideas. It happens often enough that I’ve come to smile as they appear above…

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