I wanted to work with the Boston Strong message. After the Red Sox won the World Series the city planned the celebration parade. The parade stopped at the Marathon finish line. Several players got out of the duck boats and took a Boston Strong t shirt and The World Series trophy and placed it on the finish line. It was their way of saying we did this for all the victims. I was not there but the photograph was such a powerful image that I wanted to recreate that image.
I cut out jersey fabric for the t-shirt and stenciled the words on the fabric. I also stenciled the finish line with shiva paints sticks. I used the suggestion of using a stencil brush with the paints. They worked much better. I spray painted wooden skewers with silver paint and glued on the gold foil flags. Creating the base for the trophy was much harder and I am not very happy with it. It used a pie pan, aluminum foil and a hot glue gun. I am not sure how I could make it differently.
I didn't want to finish with just this image. As Boston continues to heal, a garden club decided to plant yellow daffodils all along the marathon route that will be blooming this year and for years to come for the marathon. I have read that there will be 10,000 just at the starting line. I believe that at least 95,000 have been planted along the route. It will be amazing to see. I also wanted to include another journal for the daffodils.
I created the three dimensional daffodils using ultra heat and bond with fabric on both sides. You can mold it when the fabric is warm.
Our city has become a stronger community thru this tragedy.