The Shaking Ray Levi Society and Tenn Arts present WAYNE-O-RAMA, a yearlong installation by 4-time Emmy Award-winning artist Wayne White that will astound and amaze as guests experience a Chattanooga history funhouse.
Sponsored by See Rock City, Inc. with support from the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation and the McKenzie Foundation, these larger-than-life puppets and installations depict Lookout Mountain, Chief Dragging Canoe, Bessie Smith, Chattanooga broadcasting legend Bob Brandy and a host of notable Chattanooga figures.
The celebrated artist Wayne White — who has won four Emmy awards (3 were for his art direction on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse) and is the subject of the acclaimed 2012 documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing — was born and raised in Chattanooga, and despite the numerous accolades and attention he has received, he has never forgotten where he came from.
Wayne White currently is enjoying recognition in the modern art world for his masterfully created word paintings and for his elaborate, astounding installations, fantastic, awe-inspiring spaces with giant puppets and incredible sculptures. He built his reputation as a world-class illustrator, animator, set designer, puppeteer and art director but he is a Chattanooga boy at heart, with a desire to both inspire and honor the city that helped to shape him into the artist he is today.
White says “Wayne-O-Rama is a wonderland, straight from my imagination to yours. It is a funhouse for all ages that tells the story of Chattanooga and the South. It’s the Smithsonian Museum meets Goony Golf. It’s a celebration of the culture that shaped me and a gift to my hometown. I will use giant puppets, large-scale dioramas, peep shows, paintings and animation to tell the story of the region from pre-history to the present.” Over 300 artists from here and beyond have worked under White’s direction transforming wood, Styrofoam and cardboard into a fabulously detailed celebration of hundreds of years of Chattanooga history.
“Wayne-O-Rama will be an inspiration for the young and old, reﬂecting not only the Southern experience but also reaching out to the whole world,” says artist Wayne White. “It’s a vision that welcomes everyone. My hometown is already a fascinating destination for many reasons, and I’m proud to include Wayne-O-Rama as one of Chattanooga’s many glories.”
The Shaking Ray Levi Society will host events, concerts, workshops, student field trips and special creative experiences on-site through September, 2017.
Benwood Foundation: http://www.benwood.org/
Footprint Foundation: http://www.footprintfoundation.org/
Lyndhurst Foundation: http://www.lyndhurstfoundation.org/
McKenzie Foundation: http://www.mckenziefdn.org/
See Rock City, Inc.: http://www.seerockcity.com/
Shaking Ray Levi Society: http://www.shakingray.com/
Tenn Arts: http://tennarts.com/
The Shaking Ray Levi Society is a funded agency of ArtsBuild of Chattanooga: http://artsbuild.com/