I feel honored to be participating in The Cradle Project – a venture that has several layers of meaning to me. When art-making can permeate arenas beyond the studio space, classroom, gallery or museum it takes on a deeper role.  Lives can be touched and differences can be made.  This mighty creative force has the power to express, communicate and evoke human emotions and enhance, enrich and even, save lives. Among all of my definitions is that Art can serve as a cooperative, collaborative, converting and meaningful instrument for affecting change. The Cradle Project mission has the strength to do just that and I am grateful for this opportunity.


To fabricate my cradle, I played with numerous scraps and ideas. Two dusty wire spools won my attention and were happy to be energized from their long state of dormancy.   I ground off the spool’s copper plating, dissected and reassembled parts to form a headboard and footboard.  To adorn the headboard, I attached discarded linear pieces and a small cross-like object that I found at the scrap-yard.  When the headboard and footboard were connected with scrap steel rods, I discovered that the cradle resembled a twin crib and, if functional - could house two infants, one on each side. What is interesting about this serendipitous discovery is that I gave birth to twins 32 years ago – a splendid delightful surprise to all, including my doctor!


I was happy with how the cradle form became a sculptural duet. In the two rectangular bedding spaces, I sewed lace segments, cut from an old abandoned curtain. I didn’t scrutinize the cloth when I cut the pieces.  While sewing, I noticed pale blue paint in the corner of the lace and decided that the presence of this color added a speck of interest.  The primed and painted cradle was a monochromatic canvas white hue. I gathered the second rectangle of identical size, turned it over and was amazed to find a small splotch of pink located in the same corner as the blue on the former segment.  Since my fraternal twins are a boy and a girl, and since society in general (unlike my view) colors gender with blue and pink respectively, I enjoyed the serendipity of how these pieces “found” each other.  Beginning with the unexpected double cradle form, suited for two infants (my twins!?) and ending with the unnoticed splotches of boy and girl “colors”, the creative process of constructing  “Double Dreams” was a joyous experience.  The process is not however totally surprising since uncertainty and serendipity loiter about my studio daily!


The visual and physical lightness of the sculpture welcomes the light of hope to circulate in and around the form. The potential of rocking promises motion, action and soothing comfort to the children of The Cradle Project.






Barbara Scavotto Earley Sculpture