Cicada Parade-a

A large-scale collaborative art project organized by Formstone Castle Collective that will be on display in and around the greater Baltimore area starting in May and running through the end of summer 2021. This project celebrates the re-emergence of Brood X, central Maryland’s 17-year cicada brood, which will return by the trillions to Maryland during spring and summer 2021.

Bright Cicada Adoption Center Sign at Formstone Castle Cicadas emerging from the earth, gaining color with every step The earth is warm, up the tree we go. A cicada parade is marching up the trees

Introducing the OFFICIAL Cicada Parade-a T-shirt

Cicada Parda
Help support the work of the Cicada Parade-a artists with our official T-shirt designed by Justin Duvall @Lookysquares.  $25 + tax and shipping @ www.cicadas2021.com

This amazing design by Justin includes many details beyond just the name “Cicada Parade-a” such as our theme “Power in Numbers”, “2021”, the life cycle of the cicada, the noise making tymbal of the cicada, and prime numbers hidden throughout.

Shirts are printed in Maryland by Prodigy DTG who’s fast turn around had a shirt in my hands less than 24 hours after we sent them the design.

PURCHASE SHIRTS FOR YOUR WHOLE BROOD

 

 

Cicada Adoptions have ended! 

We’ve had 525 people submit our interest form as either artists, sponsors, or purchasers.  Thank you everyone for the overwhelming support.  We will now switch our focus from distributing bugs to artists to hanging their pieces around town, and catching up on several hundred requests to purchase cicadas.  If you’ve expressed interest in purchasing a cicada, we will be touch.  It will take several more weeks as we fulfill over 250 requests.  Once we fulfil those orders and are able to produce more, we may open up the form again so keep checking back.

The Cicada Parade-a has begun!

 The first cicadas start to emerge when the ground temperature reaches 64 degrees.  Ours have as well.  While some start early, before you know it there are so many you can’t even count them. 150 local artists are finishing up their cicada sculptures and we are beginning to hang them around the area.   Check out the map below to find all the Cicada Parade-a Creations.

Have you seen a cicada sculpture in distress?  LET US KNOW!

A natural part of the cicada story is that of attrition. The come out by the trillions so that a few million can survive long enough to breed and lay eggs. While we expect some attrition throughout the project, it would help keep smiles on faces if we can save sculptures from damage before it is too late. Use this form to report any damage, vandalism, theft or tampering of pieces. We will repair what we can and keep our public spaces clean by removing destroyed cicadas. It will also help us to update the map if a piece no longer exists.

 

Cicada Sculptures

A plaster cicada on a wooden countertop
A freshly emerged [from the mold] cicada before being adopted by a local artist.

A pattern was hand carved from a block of plaster by artist Michael Bowman who also made a silicone mold to cast the rest.  Each cicada sculpture is cast from Plaster of Paris and has copper wire legs.  They are 18 inches long and weigh 8lbs. Local artists will be adopting sculptures to decorate in their own style.

A block of plaster, a pile of tools and an artist carving a cicada.
Carving the Pattern.


They are attached with wire to poles and buildings and we are working with Parks and Rec to find a safe method for attaching to area trees.

Webbing holds a cicada sculpture to a bradford pear tree
Testing out a 1″ wide strap to hold the sculpture safely to a tree.

Participate!

There are many ways to get involved.  We’re looking for artists, volunteers and sponsors to join us in emerging from a long period of darkness to meet each other and sing.

Click here to let us know you’re interested.

Adoptions have begun!

We’re casting, drying and sealing bugs as fast as we can.  We aim to have bugs to artists as soon as possible so that we can begin displaying them in beginning of May in local parks and public sidewalks.  We are currently planning on casting 100 cicadas for public display.

5 Cicada's Gathering Around a Mushroom
The first 5 cicada sculptures fresh out of the mold.

Collaborate & Listen!

Formstone Castle Collective is organizing Cicada Parade-a, but the project has been a collaborative group effort since the beginning.  If you’d like to join the collaboration, please check out our Facebook group: Cicada Art Project 2021

A screenshot of our facebook group header
If you’re not on FB, we TOTALLY understand. We have email too: cicadas@formstonecastleart.com.

Thank You DAP Products Inc.

Mike Bowman weighing out DAP Plaster of Paris to cast cicada sculptures
Lead artist Michael Bowman casting plaster cicadas in the back yard at Formstone Castle.

We’re happy to announce that DAP Products Inc. Headquartered just down the street, has donated their Plaster of Paris  product so that we can realize our dreams of creating 100 cicada sculptures.  Thank you to the DAP Products team for bringing more art to Baltimore.

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Creativity Grant Funding provided by Maryland State Arts Council


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Founded in 1967, The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is an agency of the State of Maryland’s Department of Commerce that plays an essential role, ensuring every person has access to the transformative power of the arts.