Dee Clements and the National Sculptors' Guild have been commissioned to create a Holocaust Memorial for Young Israel of North Beverly Hills. The memorial is planned to install this fall.
Imagery will include prisoners behind barbed wire, a Shofar and a representation of the Horah, the Kotel with figures in prayer, along with the flag of Israel. Verse will accompany each theme.
In order to give the sculpture both mass and overall symbolism, we elected to use the Star of David. As we vision it now, the star will be assembled using six equilateral triangles with one edge of each triangle tightly fitted to the center hexagon. Although we are using the Star of David as a modern symbol of the Jewish community, the individual triangles were used to identify prisoners during the Holocaust. We have therefore separated them as a subtle reminder. The star will be made of stainless steel with a soft gold bronze patina. It will be mounted on the existing wall at an angle with a framework that will not be seen. The two points on the left side of the star will touch the wall and the two points on the right side of the star will be approximately 10 inches from the wall. This will give the overall sculpture additional dimension with the use of negative space. It also highlights the theme of taking darkness to light that is represented in both symbolism and color.
Three themes are depicted on the surface of the star: the Holocaust, the Liberation, and Creation of the State Israel. Each will be silhouettes cut from stainless steel enhanced by relief sculpted cast bronze overlay. The color will go from matte charcoal grey and dark patina on the left (Holocaust) to medium grey and french brown patina in the center (Liberation) and finally polished stainless with a bright patina on the right (Creation). This graduation of value reinforces the symbolism of coming from darkness to light.
The National Sculptors' Guild completed the Clearwater Crossing Fountain with the installation of fellow Clay Enoch's "Union" in Paramount, California this week. Advanced Aquatics created the fountain we designed for the space, and the overall impression is striking.
The National Sculptors' Guild is working with the City of Paramount, California to enhance the corner of Paramount Blvd and Alondra Blvd with a striking figurative sculpture and fountain design symbolic of the coming together of communities. Clay Enoch and Advanced Aquatics will be creating the components.
The city of Paramount, CA is placing National Sculptors' Guild fellow Jane DeDecker's "Touch the Sky" this year. John just returned from dropping the sculpture off. Look for it in a park soon.
The University of Virginia's Children's Hospital Battle Building Park will be adding the bronze monument "Rabbit Reach" by National Sculptors' Guild fellow Tim Cherry soon.
This is sculpture is part of the Zoo's master plan. The City of Little Rock Board of Directors along with the Zoo Board of Governors approved in 2014 the following master plan for the growth and development of the Little Rock Zoo. This exciting plan outlines renovations and updates to several Zoo facilities and provides thematic concepts for how we meet our mission of providing engaging experiences that inspire people to value and conserve our natural world. Most recently, the zoo opened the new Arkansas Heritage Farm based on this plan and is in the process of planning for its next major development.
National Sculptors' Guild fellow Wayne Salge's bronze "Sierra" will be placed in the city of Edmond, Ok this year. Stay tuned for images of the installation.
The Vogel family has commissioned National Sculptors' Guild fellow Jane DeDecker to sculpt grandchildren to be placed in the Vogel-Schwartz Sculpture Garden in Little Rock, Arkansas. To be placed later this year.
12/13/16 update: While the National Sculptors' Guild was in Little Rock this week, we installed some of the final donor blocks on the ROTARY CLUB 99 Centennial Plaza. The design is based on the Rotary Wheel emblem and it's symbolism. Designed by NSG's John Kinkade and Mark Leichliter National Sculptors' Guild
based upon the Rotary Wheel emblem. [read below to learn more about the concept]
ROTARY CLUB 99
Little Rock, AR
and Mark Leichliter
National Sculptors' Guild
based upon the Rotary Wheel emblem.
The Rotary Wheel emblem symbolizes work and involvement. The worldwide Rotary movement has real significance and tremendous potential. It has impressive statistics as to numbers of members, clubs, districts, and countries, international projects and contacts.
Beginning with the Rotary Wheel’s perimeter, there are 24 teeth. These could be seen as the clubs, each prepared and willing to engage with other clubs or organizations around the world, with the purpose of doing good. The 24 teeth also point outwards to the many directional activities of Rotary through its wide variety of international programs.
The solid blue and gold band, which supports the teeth, provides the strength which is needed to transmit power and hold the Rotary movement as one. It carries the inscription "Rotary International" and has four segments which represent the four avenues of service. The six spokes bind together the hub and the rim. They represent the Districts, moving the power from its source to the working elements - the teeth, representing the clubs. The six spokes divided by the twenty four teeth is a mathematical reference to the Four Way Test.
The central hub ensures that the whole gear runs true to its purpose: the power and the energy created when people of like mind and are committed to releasing this energy; "Service above Self".
Curved concrete retaining walls measuring slightly over 4 feet tall will diminish in height and eventually be even with the surface grade. These walls will be stained or painted black and will have vines growing over them to soften their edges. The Plaza will feature eleven monolithic blocks lining the curved retaining wall to the northwest. These stone blocks refer to the Teeth of the Rotary Wheel emblem. Made of Georgia Medium Grey Granite, which is a lighter grey color, these stone blocks will be more reflective in nature and less somber than black granite.
Nine of the eleven blocks will be etched with 20 to 25 names each, serving as Name Recognition Blocks. The block at the entry will be engraved with the name of the Plaza as well as the Rotary Wheel emblem. The block at the other end of the curved retaining wall will have an explanation of the park and could contain the “updatable” signage and QR code.
All blocks will measure 4 feet tall, 33 inches wide and 24 inches deep.
Stone benches will be placed along the other, more gently-curved retaining wall. The Georgia Medium Grey Granite benches will measure 16 inches tall, 60 inches long and 16 inches deep. The seats and legs will be made of same material in a post and lintel
Each bench will be etched with one of the Four Way Test phrases:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The surface of the Plaza is yet to be determined, but possible solutions include poured concrete or
decomposed granite gravel. The Rotary Wheel will be portrayed through spoke designs and could consist of 12” wide granite embedded into the Plaza’s surface or may just be lines scored into the concrete, depending upon cost.
The widest part of the plaza has a 48 foot diameter. At this scale, the Plaza is not so expansive that a small gathering of people feels exposed and yet, it is big enough that it can comfortably handle a larger group of visitors.
We suggest using landscape materials that will honor the blue and gold colors of Rotary as shown in the
ornamental shrubs and grasses. Shade trees will
effectively cool the area in the summer months of July and August.
Ivy on the walls will give the plaza a softer atmosphere and set off the benches and Name Recognition Blocks. We also recommend a low ornamental hedge, such as holly, between the retaining wall and the sidewalk to prevent people from jumping over the wall.
The central Rotary Wheel element is to be made entirely of brushed stainless steel. It will be oriented to read from the sidewalk and placed where its shadow will cast prominently on the plaza. In this way, it becomes an iconic signage element defining the Rotary Plaza while also being an eye-catching landmark and photo opportunity.
This visual landmark will measure nearly 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. At this scale, the iconic element will be instantly noticeable, yet not over-bearing within the Plaza site.
The shadows shown in these design drawings reflect the true sun/shadow surfaces for Little Rock, Arkansas. The shadows cast off of the central landmark element give a sundial effect.
The overall design of the Plaza positions the benches in more shaded areas of the site, whereas the Name Recognition Blocks are placed to remain predominantly in the sun.
Installation day 12/12/16
The National Sculptors' Guild is in Little Rock to install Fellow Kathleen Caricof's "Let the Music Play" in front of the newly renovated Robinson Music Hall.
The 16ft high multi-faceted sculpture is fabricated from several materials including stone, copper, and steel.
The artist selected the upright bass for its wide use in a variety of music, from jazz to rock as well as bluegrass and folk. The whimsical design has a cubist, feel and will appeal to the area’s many visitors.
4/27/16: The National Sculptors' Guild has in the works a design by Kathleen Caricof for the Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The 16ft high multi-faceted sculpture is fabricated from several materials including multiple stones, copper, steel and wood.
The abstracted upright bass was selected for its wide use in a variety of music, from jazz to rock as well as bluegrass and folk. The whimsical design has a cubist, “Picasso-esque” feel and will appeal to the area’s many visitors.
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to