The Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden is a collaboration between the Bushnell Plaza Condominium Association, the iQuilt Partnership and Joan Hurwit, the creator of the sculpture garden at the Governor’s executive residence. Objects in the Bushnell Park Sculpture Garden were created, transported and installed by Connecticut artists, all at no charge. The installation includes works by Ann Mallory, Jonathan Waters, Denis Curtiss, Tom Doyle, Joe Gitterman, Peter Kirkiles, David Skora, David Hayes, Brian Walters and Emily Weiskopf. The works below are currently installed on Bushnell Plaza and will remain on view for six months.
Denis Curtiss, Amboseli, Steel Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
Michael Mc Laughlin, Peacocks, Bronze | Torrington
“Peacocks,” one of the latest additions to the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden is the work of Michael McLaughlin of Torrington, Connecticut. McLaughlin’s bronze sculptures are “often allegorical narratives relating the harmony and interdependence found in nature,” according to Pamela Siemon of the Fenn Gallery of Contemporary Art. McLaughlin’s work can be seen in the Sculpture Garden at the Governors Mansion and at the New Britain Museum of American Art. In 2014 he was the winner of an Art In Public Places commission; “Pelicans & Mangrove” is a permanent installation on the plaza of Florida’s Palmetto Bay Village Hall.
Joe Gitterman, Gesture Yin & Yang, Mirrored Stainless Steel Washington Depot, Connecticut
Artist Statement: The models for this work were created in wax. The morrored stainless steel sheets were then worked on bending-rolling machines to replicate the models before being partially powder coated.
Tom Doyle, Maynooth 2010, Oak, Cherry and Sassafras Roxbury, Connecticut
Artist Statement: I have worked in wood most of my life. My greatest influences have been the abstract expressionists, in particular Franz Kline, and the great American and European bridge builders of the 19th Century. I have sought to expand their ideas of space into three dimensional space which I feel is uniquely American in my work. I cut and carve shapes that relate to the forms taken by the trees as they react to the forces of nature. I cut the form of each element freely without any preconception as to the final form a sculpture will take or become. When I begin to work, I pull a form from my ‘vocabulary’ of laments. The initial impetus is usually a large shape which I want to see suspended in space. I then devise a structure to support it.
Brian Walters II, Urban Totems 1-5, Salvaged Steel Bethel, Connecticut
Ann Mallory, Song of the Falls, Water’s Scrin #5, Ceramic and Steel Woodbury, Connecticut
Artist Statement:Honoring the sacredness of water to our existence, SONG OF THE FALLS, is fifth in a series of vertical sculptures titles Water’s Scrins, made in the tradition of Inuit stone totems, pre-historic European menhirs and anthropomorphic Stelaw. This standing stone sculpture echoes these ‘communal signposts’. Scrin, an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning ‘a secure container’ (which held writing) evolved into our modern English words of script (scripture) and shrine. “In her most recent work, Mallory has drawn inspiration from the vertical stone configurations created by primeval civilizations to visually communicate important information to community members. Her stacked “standing stones,” in form and contact, echo the Inuit inukshuk stone totems, European menhirs and anthropomorphic stelae. An ancient Anglo-Saxon term, skin, (which evolved into the modern English words “script” and “shrine”) meaning “a secure container protecting sacred writing,” further informed her thinking. These two seemingly divergent ideas synthesized in her most recent sculpture, Water’s Scrin, in which the upright pieces bear the imprints of “the writing of water” on its surfaces, thereby implying the “sacredness” of the life-sustaining liquid. The inherent beauty of the overlapping celadon and white porcelain glaze flows holds the moment of “water’s writing” as both visual message and arresting aesthetic.”
David Hayes, Totem Sculptures, 2012, Welded Steel
Jonathan Waters, Samurai Series #9, Wood, Steel and Pipe
Peter Kirkiles, Rule Segment (Red), White Oak and Stainless Steel South Kent, Connecticut
Artist Statement: My work is literally about scale. The graduations on the rule are full scale…a one-to-one proportion. The color is chosen for it’s visual properties alone no symbolic meaning is intended. Since 2004 I have been making art objects that refer to objects in my studio. I also have looked at other artist’s studios and have used this “landscape” as my subject matter. I have found old tools as an infinite source of fascination for my work and I have found working in this manner fully satisfies my creative interests.
David Skora, Baroque Composition, Fabricated Steel New Hartford, Connecticut
Artist Statement: While visiting Velencia, Spain I was walking around the old city when I came upon the palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas. After seeing the dramatic variations of Baroque style architecture that enveloped the entrance to the building, I wanted to create a sculpture that reflected the character and dramatic intensity of this building. The result of my interest is the Sculpture: Baroque Composition, Standing Figure. This piece is a welded fabricated metal sculpture of abstracted forms created in the modernist tradition. This piece attempts to appropriate the energy and exhilaration of my interpretation of all of the Baroque style work I observed while visiting Spain.
David Skora, Black and Red, Fabricated Steel New Hartford, Connecticut
Artist Statement: Black and Red is a welded fabricated metal sculpture of abstracted steel forms created in the modernist tradition. Visual tension of contrasting elements speak of motion or the suggestion of elements frozen in space while in the process of movement. I am interested in creating sculptures that become a source of contemplation as well as inspiration to those who view it. I want the observer to have a visual conversation with the sculpture as the viewer moves around the piece and the sculpture slowly revels itself.
Emily Weiskopf, Unparallel Way No. 3, Powder Coated Aluminum, Farmington, Connecticut
Artist Statement: My work investigates both the physical and metaphorical connections of the paths that we create and follow. I’m influenced by the “American Dream” “The Big Plan”, “Gateways” and fascinated by Western contemporary society’s obsession with highways, traffic, and roads. I explore these notions of a “path”, the promise of a great open road, and the tracks of our labor on our journey; what is actual and what is illusion. My work embraces the freedom of possibility, instinct, and choice; a true open door of possibilities on a concrete road through our day to day cycles. My Large-scale site-specific works created directly relate to the site through their formal interaction with the grounds while many of my small sculptures are studies for larger installations, but also serve as stand-alone art objects.
For more information about this installation, please contact Jackie Mandyck at Jackie@theiquiltplan.org. Download the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden Press Release here.