Ask anyone who has operating a business for ten or even 20 years, there will be complications. Heck, even after one or two years, complications will always arise. It’s how you deal with them and expand yourself (or business) that shows your true character.
Brainkite Artistic Solutions, which was founded nearly 20 years ago as a window painting company, ran into such complications this past year.
You may have seen some of Brainkite’s work throughout the years. They created the snowflake chandeliers that sit at the St. Catharines Farmers Market in the winter. One year they created a Christmas maze on St. Paul St. in St. Catharines. They did a motel project called No Vacancy that were exhibited at the Niagara Artists Centre. They are routinely part of the Niagara Night of Art, and they have been painting windows and murals for over 20 years – their most recent project being Wind Sushi in St. Catharines.
They were hired on by the Niagara Festival of Lights to create a sculpture that was supposed to be situated in front of the Fallsview Casino, but ran into so much red tape that the project was nearly scrapped. Luckily for us, it wasn’t.
The sculpture, built out of reclaimed Ash logs now sits in the beautiful Heartland Forest.
“Really, it was just supposed to be an epic and monumentous sculptures that was worthy for selfies, as silly as that sounds,” said Adam Buller, founder of Brainkite.
“A lot of different districts and administration had to agree on it and they just couldn’t agree on it, so we were really happy to get cooperation from Dan Bowman from the Heartland Forest and put it into his conservation.”
Thinking this was going to be a high profile piece, Buller pitched a 14 foot high, 3,400 lbs sculpture to sit on Fallsview Blvd, but ultimately couldn’t get the ok for the project.
“We wanted to use the Ash log because the Emerald Ash borers have been wiping Ash trees across Canada, something estimated around 15% of Canada’s tree canopy. We wanted to find good material that would speak to the interpretations of why recycling is good,” said Buller.
When preparing for the project, Buller photoshopped the sculpture in the location it was supposed to be situated at, but continuously ran into complications while trying to get the approval for the project. Insurance, parameters and ultimately too many frustrations likely shelved the sculpture from seeing the bright lights of Fallsview Blvd.
“Perhaps the Festival didn’t realize that with their grant money they proposed to us that they would have to pay all these engineers and architects to get it all approved,” said Buller.
“Ultimately, we just want to create some public awareness for the sculpture because so many people put so much effort into it, in all the different factions. If there’s no exposure then it’s a pretty sad conclusion to the project if no one hears about it.”