PETE APICELLA aka PiMo
In PiMo's world, making things by hand is an antidote to the regimentation and redundancy of a mechanized and increasingly impersonal world. Finding trash and other abandoned objects then transforming them into things of beauty and wonder serves a redemptive pathway. He believes that turning overlooked monotonous surfaces into art canvases is a way of reclaiming our public viewshed and builds community. Redesigning construction waste into urban art redeems the forgotten efforts of working humans, and shows that their labors were not in vain. Transmuting the wooden bones of once majestic trees and the metallic shards delved from the ripped guts of the earth into tasty art nuggets offer small peace tokens to counteract the ecocide of the planet. Transmuting rectangles into diagonals and circles is an act of geometric liberation.
For PiMo, putting cool stuff in cool places with cool people in a cool town is cool.
Pete first came to Moab in the early 90s and has been living a creative life ever since. He has spent time DJing at KZMU Community Radio, helping curate themed events in town, and painting landscapes as the 2010 Community Artist for Arches and Canyonlands. As an ecologist, he sees adding quality design to our civic realm as an aspect of habitat enrichment. Living in a tiny house forced him to pursue public space as a canvas, branching out into posters, murals, printed cartoons, and renegade street art. Making public art has a "populist group sharing" that gives PiMo a slightly more "serve the people" manifesto. PiMo tends to keep his work original, fun, and funny while putting out a good visual, whether high or low brow. When not working on art projects, Pete waits tables, drives shuttles, or guides. He says doing whatever it takes to make it happen sometimes means keeping a humbling foot in both worlds.
Building on past work with tourism-focused communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tom held three public filmmaking workshops at Moab Arts where he worked alongside residents to create a set of short films that were projected onto a large screen constructed from recycled and upcycled materials. Participants contributed images, clips, and audio that Tom then arranged and edited, together titled Moab Waste Stream.