Travis, Ulysses Skate Park

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This is the new Ulysses Skate Park in Golden, Colorado. Travis’ image is here with these skaters, where he skated. Travis would have been 18 years old today.

Shine on, Trav-a-lav – Skate Forever.

Travis, Final

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This is the final Travis image for Ulysses Skate Park in Golden, Colorado. Travis grew up skating in the old Ulysses Skate Park and his image will grace the new one. Skate Forever, Trav-a-lav. I love you.

Travis, Pre-Paint

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This is the Travis image, pre-paint, for the new Ulysses Skate Park in Golden, Colorado. Metalsmith, Rachel Dazey, cut this tiny metal heart. The list of artists and craftspeople who contributed labor, technical advice, ideas, and love to this project is deep: Walt Delp, my ex-husband and the father of my beautiful daughters – we have a history of collaboration that bedrocks my career, Janet Lewis, the artist I go to EVERY time I want the truth about my work and process, Amy Shapley, researcher extraordinaire and idea Queen, Rachel Dazey, she stepped up with gorgeous generosity and skill, Dante’ Ivy, his heart got mixed up with the Travis heart fast, Meredith Moody, the sweetest and most informative sister on the planet, and Travis, my ancestor, lighting the whole wide way.

Travis, Steel

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This is the Travis image -pre-sandblasting and paint and without the heart – for the new Ulysses Skate Park in Golden, Colorado. Two holes will be drilled into one of the concrete skate elements in the park and filled with epoxy. The posts on the back of the Travis image will be inserted into the epoxy-filled holes and the image will be permanently embedded in the concrete. The Travis image will rise slightly above the concrete.

Travis and a Plasma Cutter

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My ex-husband taught me how to use a plasma cutter. It is very similar to drawing – as is welding. The ironic part for me is that I have to go slow, something I must remind myself to do. The first project I used a plasma cutter for was Travis’ ashes container. My sister – his mother and my niece – his sister asked me to create one and I said yes, even though I had no idea how to do so. The result was Jose angels for Travis.

The Travis image for the new Ulysses Skate Park was originally to be a tile and I wasn’t supposed to create it. I did the design and it was to be executed by a tile maker. When that didn’t go forward my ex-husband and I, as we did on the ashes container, brainstormed technical options and then collaborated on a Travis image to be cut out of metal with a plasma cutter. Here I am in his shop.

Travis and Ulysses Skate Park

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Travis was an avid skateboarder before he died. It’s hard to picture him without a board in his hand. On March 28, 2015, the second anniversary of his death, my sister – his mother, my daughter, and I pasted this Travis image in Ulysses Skate Park in Golden, Colorado where Travis grew up skating. From this image, and the entire Memorials for Travis project, came an opportunity for me to create a permanent image to be embedded in the new Ulysses Skate Park being built right now on the spot of the old one.