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sculpture ride – year two

23 Sep

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 11.42.40 AMHad a date with my beau this weekend, and it was lovely. Much like the little excursion we did last year (here and here), we decided to have a picnic lunch in the park and do the Sculpture Walk on our bikes. sculptureride1Castlegar’s Sculpture Walk is an incredible annual event that displays beautiful sculptures, created by over 25 different artists, all throughout our town. The three-dimensional works are installed in the downtown area, encouraging people to get outdoors and see our local businesses, all while experiencing some incredible artwork. Those who do the tour are encouraged to submit a voting ballot, listing their favorite sculptures. Cash prizes are awarded to artists in varying categories, along with people’s choice. The sculpture with the most votes is purchased by the city and becomes part of our permanent collection, and many other businesses, schools and organizations make bids on their favorite pieces.sculptureride3 sculptureride2The kinetic sculpture above, titled “Honkfest,” was my favorite from this year’s submissions. It is an immensely ornate and complex water fountain made by the talented Douglas Walker. Such a lovely mix of found brass objects put into fluid kinetic movement makes this piece so lovably quirky, much like a Dr Seuss story. See it in motion here with a video I took. Also, check out this incredible Vimeo that demonstrates Walker creating in his studio.

Below are several other sculptures that took my breath away:sculptureride8 sculptureride9Kevin Kratz‘s “Fir Cone” impressed me with it’s play on scale, tribute to nature and attention to detail. No surprise to see Kratz turn out another skillful piece, after co-winning the People’s Choice Award last year with his Ridgeline Metail Works partner, James Karthein, for their blue heron piece “Patient Hunter.” sculptureride4 sculptureride5“Head’s Up, Grizzly” by Cathy Jenkins depicts an impressive Grizzly Bear climbing a mountainside. The piece has the smooth softness of a soap stone carving, while also holding the power and majesty inherent in a bronze cast piece. I can’t help but also adore how this gorgeous she-bear watches over my fiancé while he is at work. (Yes he is on the radio, listen to him online here). sculptureride6 sculptureride7Lastly, a creation by Dee Clements that depicts three gorgeous cranes in varying poses (it is titled “End of Day”). As an avid animal lover and true texture junkie, this was easily a favorite of mine. So many things fascinate me about this piece: the outstretched wings reaching to the sky, the detailed foliage, the red enameled areas on the heads… must I go on?

I can’t wait to see all the creations in next year’s sculpture walk… A message to all of you sculptors out there: consider participating in this awesome event! The exposure is big, and there are plenty of prizes to be won. Apply here (you have until October 15th).

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dismantling symmetry

30 Jul

I had the honor of volunteering yesterday at the Kootenay Art Gallery, helping dismantle the current exhibition: Variations on Symmetry, created by Eliza Au & Ying-Yueh Chuang. The exhibit displays their three-dimensional interpretations of natural forms and patterns, made of either ceramics or cast glass. Multiple pieces are shown together in balanced patterns of symmetry in order to make a larger whole. The show has a great push and pull between organic and regimented, movement and static, pattern and chaos, big and small.My favorite piece, seen above, is made up of hundreds of small hand sculpted ceramic creatures and forms that are displayed on glass rods in a Mandela-type pattern. Packing this artwork away was also incredible; so much work goes into not only the artwork but into the organization and storage of it as well. The most enjoyable job I had was wrapping over 200 little blue and pink polka-dotted octopus forms; they were just SO cute! Plus it was really interesting to put my pretty little paws all over the artwork; I was able to interact with each form, separated from the larger whole… a situation that never would have been possible in a normal gallery setting.  I wanted to leave you with a time lapse video of the piece being installed so that you can get a true understanding of the sheer amount of work, detail and organization that goes into this entire show. The exhibition is touring across Canada into next year, so be sure to visit if it comes to a public gallery near you!