Tag Archives: Public Art

Stone Sculpture Legacy Program

A couple months ago I submitted a proposal for the Stone Sculpture Legacy Program in Barre City​, made possible by the Semprebon Fund and Studio Place Arts​. My proposal was accepted based on concept, and the scale model shown here. The final piece will be carved in Barre grey granite, out of an 8 x 3 x 4ft block, and in more detail than the model. Below is the concept proposal, which asked for, “the creation of a granite sculpture that helps to tell the rich, multi-cultural story of the people who settled in Barre to work the quarries, to start small businesses, and to create their ideal new home”.

Culmination
For the Stone Sculpture Legacy Program, I propose a sculpture titled “Culmination” which will consist of a cluster of geometric forms that will suggest the silhouette of a small city emerging from a mountainous base. Negative spaces around and below the cluster will refer to the “quarries” from which these forms were built. The sculpture will be slightly larger than average human height and there will be “windows” in the forms around eye-level.
The concept for “Culmination” is an abstract representation of a small developing city. The buildings will all have different shapes that recall different architectural styles from around the world to allude to the cultural diversity of Barre. The way in which those forms emerge from the boulder but remain connected to it will evoke the idea of a town which consists of many different parts but remains unified. In this way, “Culmination” will reflect the spirit of the quote by Aristotle that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” “Culmination” will be both an abstract sculpture with rough natural forms and refined geometric shapes as well as an architectural model that combines highly detailed sections which depict the facades of buildings and draw the viewer in.

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Squirrels on Locust?

For those of you out there who don’t know, last year I designed a sculpture for a public art project at the University of Pennsylvania. The project was called Squirrels on Locust, and was funded and installed by the Art Club at Upenn. The concept for the project was put forward by Senior John Agbaje, and I designed the sculpture that would be reproduced over 30 times for a large scale public installation. Each squirrel was bought by different student groups at Upenn, and then painted once the sculpture was cast. It was a lot of work, and my schoolwork definitely suffered due to the amount of time spent on this project…

I bring it up now, because the squirrels were re-installed this year and have created a stir in the Philidelphia media! Here is a link to the Fox29 news story. There will also be another story in the Philadelphia Inquirer tomorrow. I will post that link when I have it. All in all, there have been over 4 stories about the project in the Daily Pennsylvanian (that link takes you to the other story). The projects website put together by the art club is still up and running, and the link to it is on the right hand side of this page.

Here are some photos of the project to show how much hard work went into the whole thing, and how dick it is to steal them. Could they have been secured a little better? Yes, with TRIPLE the budget that we were working with.

This is the original clay, which I then casted in plaster so that I could take it on the train back to the iladelph.

The arms were glued back on later. Once little whitey was down in the studio (art club headquarters), I then made 4 silicone molds so we could cast an entire army.

The one on the far right is the first one we cast, the one in the middle was in need of repairs, and the one on the right is a final copy. This is what they looked like before being painted. I don’t have pictures of all of the different paint designs, but it was really something to see them all being painted and individualized. I met a lot of really great people, and the project was a great success. Except for the theft. Oh, and a few were broken into pieces, but still — everyone got involved!!!

Great job to everyone involved, and I hope that they are all found and brought together again.

Mold Making

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This is the rubber phase of the mold I am working on now of and eagle, modelled by Jerry himself at Barre Sculpture Studios.

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This is the first piece of the six piece (not including a key underneath the tail feathers) mother mold that will support the rubber when the original clay is taken out.

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