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Public Sculptures artwork by Mr. Thanasack's art class
The assignment was for students to search and research public art in America and around the world. Often, people walk by sculptures without noticing them. This was an opportunity for students to learn about public art, who created them, and the meaning and reasoning behind them. Students visited a sculpture in person and took a picture of themselves with the sculpture. One of the goals of the assignment was for students and their parents to learn more about their communities through art.
I visited the CCAD sculpture in Columbus, Ohio. The sculpture reads “Art” In a peculiar yet modern and minimalist way. It stretches across Gay St and is 100 feet tall. This sculpture was inspired by Ric petry in 1996 and created by Doris Shlayn in 1999. As the website of CCAD puts it, “ Ric Petry (who would later become our first Director of Graduate Studies) got the idea for a large, neon red, block-letter ART sign while serving as a visiting artist in Taiwan. He kept noticing a sign at a college on top of a hill in Taipei and envisioned an equally striking, placemaking landmark for CCAD.” Ric Petry has been doing art before this as he got his masters degree in fine arts from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Looking at this sculpture , many would pass by it and won’t think too much about it but it’s a really cool piece of art. It isn’t too crazy or super eye catching but it is something that you’ll pass by and go” Oh that nice”. Like I said earlier this sculpture was in it’s first drafts in 1996 and was finished after. It is 100 feet all standing 10 stories tall . It is made of steel and painted red. It has this simple and modern look to it, which I think symbolizes what CCAD and the community in general. That not only is this representative of CCAD and the fine work that is made there, but also the fact that you can find beauty in the simpler things.
The sculpture Flowing Kiss is a grand two piece sculpture that captivates audiences in downtown Columbus created by Lawrence Argent. Flowing Kiss is located on Long street near the Scioto River. The sculpture was created in two different areas with a street dividing the two; however, the placement of this sculpture only adds to the effect of art, for the two sculptures seem to be blowing a kiss to each other from across the street. Flowing Kiss has two components to each structure, the outer shell which are the lips and the flowyness coming out of the lips. This is made out of stainless steel, but there was a fiberglass on the outside of it to get the little shapes hammered into place. The surface went through a long process that included grinding, sanding, and polishing to become a beautiful metallic shine that the public sees today. The second component of the sculpture is the base which was hand carved out of Chinese granet and white marble, but the base became destructive to the stones around it, so it was covered with two large stainless steel pieces to reinforce the art in 2016.
Lawrence’s inspiration for this sculpture was the community in Columbus. He wanted to capture the essence of being together and embrace, and what better to capture these words than with a kiss. It brings life and fun to the community. It adds to the culture and history of Columbus through the interaction it has with the public. Many people observe and treasure this sculpture downtown, which is why it is important to the community. Lawrence wanted inclusiveness to be an inspiration for his sculpture, and he executed this very well because now the city of Columbus the community can relish in the love of a Flowing Kiss.
I believe this sculpture is there to captivate the feeling of love in the community. Because the artist chose lips to be the focal point, there is the symbolism of the feelings of love, togetherness, and passion. Lips can represent these things because when two people kiss it is a form of expressing love. It also expresses passion because when people kiss they are typically passionate about each other. This also explains the meaning of togetherness because kissing is a tool used to bring many people together. The togetherness, love, and passion are all displayed through the Flowing Lips because it is meant to be a community sculpture, and since it is in the community, the feelings that the lips convey reflect the feeling of the community of Columbus. Flowing Kiss is a sculpture that reflects its passion and togetherness onto its community.
“Ballantrae Giant Dancing Hares”
The “Ballantrae Giant Dancing Hares” sculpture was made in 2001 by artist Sophie Ryder. The rabbits are 24 feet tall, and made of metal scraps including, pipes, hammars, and screws. She also embedded other everyday items and household objects into the sculptures. This gives visitors the opportunity to have a scavenger hunt!
Sophie Ryder, the artist of “Ballantrae Giant Dancing Hares”, was born in London in 1963. She studied at Kingston Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools, in London. She was one of the youngest students to have ever entered the Schools, at only 18 years old. She is known for her bronze sculptures with unusual objects pressed into the surface to make nice textures, and accentuate the form of the piece.
I really like this sculpture because it seems really fun and playful. It's a nice place to visit with children. The rabbits are very big, and with all of the objects pressed into it, kids would have fun trying to find everything hidden inside. I also like how flowy and happy the rabbits seem. The way they are lined up in a circle makes me think of kids playing ring around the rosie.
“Pale Confetti Chandelier”
Dale Chihuly is a famous American sculptor and is very well known for his blown glass pieces. He was born September 20, 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, and after graduating from highschool, he studied interior design at the University of Washington. He dropped out in 1962 to study art in Florence, and later traveled to the Middle East. His travels inspired him to go back to school, and in 1963, he took a weaving class where he incorporated glass shards into tapestries class, in which he wove glass into tapestries, which won him an award. Chihuly graduated from the University of Washington in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design, and began experimenting with glass blowing. He received a full scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin and earned a Master of Science degree in sculpture and then enrolled at another school, the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. He continued to win awards and teach, and he created blown glass sculptures until 1979, when he suffered an injury and wasn’t able to hold the blowpipe anymore. Chihuly’s art can be found displayed all over the world.
My aunt brought myself and some other family to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Franklin Park Conservatory. One of the first pieces we saw was Pale Confetti Chandelier. This sculpture was created out of blown glass and steel and was made in 2003. At the exhibit, I learned that Chihuly always paints his idea first, and since he’s no longer able to hold the blowpipe that is used to make blown glass, his assistants
“The Girl with Yo-Yo”
The Girl with Yo-Yo is a sculpture in Schiller park in German village and was created by Polish sculptor Jerzy Kedziora. It is part of his exhibit Suspension: Balancing Art, Nature, and Culture and seeks to make art accessible to the general public while presenting it in front of a variety of scenic and natural backgrounds.
Kedziora made it so his art is always changing and influenced by their surroundings, just how people are, and they are not stagnant but always moving- even if just a little- with the wind. He comments on humanity itself through his work- our constant changing nature, precariously balancing in life but not falling. Free in so many ways yet greatly impacted by our surroundings.
After spending way too long looking it seems the sculpture is simply known as Girl With Yo-Yo
(I don’t know why it took a period and a half to find that out- she’s just not one of the more popular ones I guess but I think she’s my favorite)
The artist is Polish artist Jerzy Jotka Kedziora and part of his exhibit Suspension: Balancing Art, Nature, and Culture. I’m still looking into what this particular sculpture is named and having a little bit of trouble finding it. He made this exhibit to make art more accessible to the general public and not just in stuffy museums.
“Greenwood Park Sofa”
Robert Huff is a sculptor and professor from Central Ohio. He is an alumni of the University of Akron, earning his BFA in 1977, and of Ohio State University, where he completed his graduate studies earning a MFA with a sculpture concentration in 1980. Huff has been a professor at the University of Akron’s Meyer’s School of Art in 1980.
The sculpture, Greenwood Park Sofa, was sculpted in 2004. Huff was chosen by a jury of local artists to create an installation for one of the (then new) pocket parks in Greenwood park. His decision to carve a couch was from the history of the land, as the land once housed several furniture stores. Over a decade, the sofa was targeted in many petty crimes including public urination and intimidation, ultimately causing its move to the Cultural Arts Center in 2015.
This sculpture is like a landmark to remember the history of what used to be the Greenwood park pocket park on High street. Furniture stores may not be that important and a public park may be arguably better than a furniture store, but this interactive art piece you can sit on is a little nod to Columbus’ past. Plus, a lifesize sofa carved out of limestone looks pretty silly if you were to just happen upon it.
In the 1960s much of the land around Dublin was agricultural. Sam and Eulalia Frantz moved to this site in 1935 and lived there until 1963. Sam farmed the land and Eulalia was always working with him. Both were from families that had been early settlers in the area. The Frantz family came to Dublin in 1828, and Eulalia was from a long line of farmers in Washington township. The Frantz farm was sold in 1968. Only a few years later, in the mid-1970s. Three major projects marked a timing point in the history of land use in dublin. The completion of the northwest link in the i-270 outerbelt and the development of muirfield village and the ashland chemical research center set the stage for dublin's change from a farm village to a suburban residential community and corporate office center. In the early 1990s the Dublin Arts Council decided they wanted to commission an artist to create an outdoor sculpture for the small, three-acre Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park and they eventually decided on Columbus Malcolm Cochran an artist and former Ohio State University art professor from Columbus, Ohio After months of planning and building, Cochran's creation, Fields of Corn with Osage Orange Trees was finally revealed in 1994.
“The Reclining Figure”
Henry Spencer Moore lived from 1898-1886 and was one of the most important British Artists of the 20th Century and arguably the most internationally celebrated sculptor of the period. He is renowned for his semi-abstract monumental bronzes, which can be seen all over the world.Moore was born in Castleford, a small mining town in Yorkshire, in 1898. After training to be a teacher and serving in the British Army he studied at Leeds School of Art and then the Royal College of Art, London. By the 1950s Moore had begun to receive a number of international commissions. He continued working in sculpture, drawing, printmaking and textile design until his death in 1986.
The Reclining Figure is the original plaster sculpture from which a bronze cast was made for the Festival of Britain in 1951. The making of the piece was recorded in a pioneering documentary on Moore made by John Read for the BBC that year. The plaster sculpture remained in Moore’s possession until 1978 when it was included in the artist’s gift of thirty-six sculptures to the Tate Gallery.
I like the Sculpture because it doesn't have much to it, but at the same time a lot is going on. It's super abstract and I could tell Henry Moore didn’t really have a plan of an exact shape he wanted to create it. I think it's more of what I would create if I had the materials. I feel like it could be better if it had more color, but i'm not sure about the color supply and accessibility during the time of creating it (somewhere between 1898–1986). One last thing is that Henry Moore created a large amount of Sculptures and most of them were all named the reclining figure. The one that I am referring to is located at the entrance of the Columbus Museum of Art.
Sources: Tate.org.uk, and henry-moore.org
Scioto River Deer
The artwork is a single object sculpture. The sculpture is of a blue, antlered deer looking over a river. The deer is standing on its hind legs as it rests its metacarpal bones on a handrail. This handrail is attached to a bridge.I think the coloration of the deer is to tie it to the idea of the river. Both the color and location suggest the sculpture’s relevance to the water as well as nature. The smooth shape and realistic size of the sculpture is likely done to resemble a living deer.
These sculptures are part of a commissioned art installment by artist Terry Allen. Terry Allen is a country singer and artist. He wanted to create something that would be thought provoking and mesh well with the Scioto area. When Allen learned that “scioto” meant “hairy deer” in a Native American Language, he took that as a bit of inspiration to create the deer. The river was named scioto because of all the deer hair that inevitably ended up in the water when deer actually lived there. This art piece may have been to pull people’s interest to nature, stemming from a blue, bronze statue of a deer.
I feel that the purpose of this sculpture is to remind people of nature. Seeing as many animals don’t show near the area the deer statue is, it may be a call of remembrance. It may also possibly be inviting people to enjoy the pastoral demeanor of a river. Either way the subject has relevance to nature.I think the artwork is somewhat weak. The piece itself doesn’t evoke any emotion or interest. Surprise may be the only thing this sculpture could make me feel.
“Annabelle, the Praying Mantis”
Artist: Pat Belisle
Location: Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens at Ohio State
Interpretation: The praying mantis is what scientists call an ambush predator, this means they lie and wait for their prey. Seeing as how Annabelle is made from a green material, she is prolly waiting for her next meal to just show itself. Praying mantises are also known for eating whatever they can as long as it’s alive. Some species of mantis eat spiders, some reptiles and amphibians, birds, and it’s own kind.
Modern Head this piece is 31 feet tall and made of steel. The piece is made by Roy Lichtenstein. The specific sculptural form seen in Ohio State’s Modern Head first came to life in 1969. It is located on 18th Avenue between Smith and McPherson Laboratories. There are four other modern heads around the world.
As a student of art history, Lichtenstein surely knew about the thousands of years of artworks depicting flat profile heads and portraits. He started using “head” forms himself in his late 1960s “Modern Series” paintings and prints. With his characteristic mix of curiosity, historical admiration and irony, he was particularly evoking previous 20th century International Art Deco and Art Moderne styles. (https://news.osu.edu/7-things-to-know-about-the-modern-head-sculpture/)
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