Public Art

“201 Main”
Site specific work on mesh fabric

Sharon Prete Main Street Plaza
211 East Main, Round Rock, TX 78681

201 Main is a response to the vitality of the historic downtown core of the city. Cast through a palette reflective of Brushy Creek that runs to the north of downtown Round Rock and the historical architecture scattered throughout the area, the piece is composed of cast off pieces of life that in the moment, have meaning. Imagery incorporated within the piece is ephemeral fragments reflective of Round Rock history, music, text, photography and the natural environment of this region. Rendered through multiple processes ranging from cyanotype to watercolor, the original piece was scanned, enlarged and printed for installation outside.

My process has been compared to strip piecing or quilting. Strip piecing is a patchwork quilt-making technique that is accomplished by sewing multiple fabrics together to create a “strip set” that looks just like a portion of a quilt block. The strip set is cut apart to yield segments that replace two or more pieces of fabric. I employ a similar method with found materials and papers I construct specially for the piece.

I hope you enjoy this community responsive piece.  I work to continually explore themes and investigations from my daily life as an artist, educator, father, and gardener in 21st century Texas.