Local Design >>> Jim Ferguson & Light Up Atlanta

Monday, June 13, 2011

I am back from my whirlwind Florida trip for new inventory.  I am super excited to post pictures & listings for the wonderful pieces I turned up -- items full of interesting regency & mid century style.  Keep a look out for photos soon....

"Whirling Dervish", Jim Ferguson

Our recent exciting news comes from my husband, Jim Ferguson.  This all seemed to happen so fast over the last couple of weeks.....  Jim submitted a sculpture design for a project called Light Up Atlanta -- a public art exhibit commissioned by a joint partnership between C.H. Briggs and MARTA.  The collaboration sought to highlight unique local design & artisans, with finished forms to be placed at various MARTA stations here in Atlanta for all to enjoy.  The common thread tying the exhibit together was the stipulation that all pieces would be created out of Corian. 7 designs were chosen, Jim's "Whirling Dervish", being one of them, and Jim was quickly connected to a Corian fabricator in Pennsylvania who brought his hand drawings to life. Last Wednesday was the official unveiling of the exhibit, held at the Five Points MARTA station downtown.  Jim's freestanding sculpture takes its design influence from the rotating motion of a tornado.  As the form turns, the organic arms of white Corian play against the flush lights fitted at the 4 corners of the base, suggesting an ever changing relationship between light & dark and fluid motion. Jim's sculpture has been placed at the Decatur MARTA station, and will remain there through the month of June.

Jim's artistic endeavors continue to amaze me....  not only can he design & build you a house (we've renovated 3 and counting), he can create custom furniture & light fixtures (his "Cyclelier" was included in the Trash 2 Treasure Art Auction held at Knoll benefiting the Atlanta Beltline Project), and he is also an accomplished painter.  The following is a true story -- while selling our first home, we had a prospective couple come through with their agent. Although they decided against buying our house, their agent called to tell us the couple was smitten by Jim's artwork on our walls and wondered if he would be willing to sell any of it! To our delight, the couple purchased 2 pieces, a pair of Jim's abstract drawings.

Included below are a selection of Jim's work.  Please feel free to email Jim at designitbuildit@gmail.com for additional information.

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