The project, sponsored by the Downtown Lexington Management District, aimed to bring beauty and light to a pedestrian and traffic heavy part of downtown that has been vacant for some time. Not only does the project create added beauty, but it calls new attention to the office space available for rent and highlights a local business, in this case a boutique.
The goal of the commission was foremost to illuminate a dark street in the center of downtown. The success of the project relies on the affordability of large scale dye-sublimation prints on aluminum. Creating artwork at this size in traditional mediums would price many neighborhoods out of public art projects. By creating small scale work which can then be reproduced at larger sizes with gallery quality materials, this project is a template for affordable high quality public art.
Keeneland Foundation (2006)
Seven original pieces commissioned to celebrate the beauty and history of Keeneland Racecourse. Limited edition prints created to benefit the Keeneland Foundation.
Nation of Nations(2010)
The series collectively embodies the spirit of Walt Whitman who said in his 1855 essay, Preface to the Leaves of Grass: “Here is not merely a Nation but a teeming Nation of Nations”.
The project offers a promise of hope in uncertain times. It reframes and reclaims America and her principles of equality and justice for all with paintings entitled My Country, Of Thee, I Sing, Sweetland, Of Liberty O Beautiful, Crowned, Thy Good, Sea 2 and Shining. These phrases were pulled from the songs we sang as children – “My Country, Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful”.
Like statues from ancient Greece, the figures in this project are unnamed and unknown. They represent us, without the entanglements of gender, race and religion. The figures are 6’8” - as tall as we could be if we stretched. In the upper corner of each panel, the phrase “Have Mercy on Us” appears in a different language: Cherokee, Chinese, English, Arabic, Hindi, Hebrew, Swahili, Spanish, Russian and Haitian Creole. The phrase was translated by people from all around the world. It represents the powerful and common human need to be accepted and harkens to each of us to consider the way we have been taught to welcome the stranger, to give comfort to those who suffer, and to see that without mercy, we each bear the burden of the outcast.
The universal language of mathematics is interwoven through the images the way that numbers identify and define us…who and what we are, how much and how little we have. I remember my phone number, street address, social security number, bar code, zip code, numbers tattooed onto the arms of the Jews, the branding of slaves.
We cannot wait for someone else to act as a catalyst to engage our community, our country or our world.
Short Street & Limestone Lexington,KY
Illuminated City (January 2017-present)
Main Street, Lexington, KY
Breeder's Cup Festival (October 2015)
Poem by Nick Stump, Artwork by Marjorie Guyon, Projections by Tom Willis
Projected in Downtown Lexington during the 2016 Breeder's Cup Festival
The project, sponsored by the Breeders Cup Festival, was imagined as a “Letter of Welcome to the People of the World” in Lexington for Breeders Cup. It brought together the combined talents of noted Kentucky writer and blues musician, Nick Stump, Tom Willis, Technical Director of the Downtown Arts Center and Marjorie Guyon. Our interest was to meld image, language and light. The projection manifested as projected video on a downtown building. It premiered during the popular Halloween “Thriller” spectacle, and continued to run nightly during the Breeder’s Cup Festival. The project was a visual counterpoint aimed to bring beauty and light to a pedestrian and traffic heavy part of downtown.
Commissioned by the Lexington Parking Authority, this project addresses both the interior and exterior of the Victorian Square Parking Garage. The exterior installation works as a direction sign to lead patrons into the Garage and the 4 interior pieces illuminate an otherwise unnoticed waiting area on each floor – creating a moment of light and beauty in the garage.
Urbandesign.org defines Civic art as the sum total of the architecture, public spaces, monuments, urban design, and landscape of a city, but it is far more than the sum of the parts. Civic art is place making into art that creates timeless civic values and helps define cultures. Guyon's projects create public exhibitions that citizens encounter as they go about their day to day lives serving as a means to integrate the transcendent experience of art into the everyday business of living.
LexPark - Victorian Square Garage