Michael Collins

- Homer, Illinois

Artist's Statement

Watercraft  is a hybrid between a picnic table and a pontoon boat. By attaching the pontoons to the table, it convinces the viewer that they could go on an unconventional journey. It is a visual paradox: something that is not supposed to move, characterized by being static and sedentary, is given freedom and this suggests an imagined, leisurely journey.

Artist's Bio

Michael Collins was born in Charleston, Illinois, in 1979, and grew up in rural central Illinois. He attended Eastern Illinois University, receiving both a BA in Sociology in 2003 and an MA in Sculpture in 2005. Collins earned his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009.  He is currently employed as the Fabrication Lab Coordinator in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois in Champaign Illinois.  Collins is responsible for the technical/safety training of all incoming students in the School of Art & Design, as well as for coordinating the activities of labs and classrooms supporting a broad range of resources from hand tools to CNC routers.  In addition to his work for the School of Art & Design, Collins maintains a rigorous art practice making a variety of work from furniture to outdoor sculpture.

Sales information

Price - $3500
Material and Construction - The Pontoons are fully welded.125" 5052 Aluminum, suitable for all environments, specifically marine, capable of withstanding prolonged exposure to salt water.  The wood is constructed of all 2x6 pressure treated southern yellow pine.  The wood and aluminum components are attached by galvanized carriage bolts.  No finish has been applied. This piece is a functional picnic table and is intended to be used as a sitting area.
Dimensions - 6ft (W) x 4ft (H) x 10ft (L)
Weight - 500 lbs