“I’d Forgotten How Beautiful This City Was…” is part of the “Carnival of Prayer” series by JP. A crank-handle installed at the front of the sculpture, when turned, brings the piece to life. This piece is inspired by the years James grew up in the Kensington Market area of downtown Toronto. The brightly painted houses, the young boy flying down the street on his bicycle, the faces and the sun rising and falling are all drawn from his early memories of life in the city.
These unique wire pieces are full of imagination, wonder, and delight. Each one is individually hand-crafted with steel wire. The color is added through a novel technique of applying gloss gel medium to a taped-in area, allowing it to dry until it becomes a clear surface on which to paint, then painting the color on the reverse side of the sculpture. Resin is added to the front of the colored areas.
The Carnival of Prayer pieces are in private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S., Germany, Australia and Taiwan.