It saddens us to share that Carol Gold passed away August 18, 2022. Her daughter's words embody the loss we all feel, "The hole she has left is huge." This is true for us on a personal level, as much as it is, a loss to the art community at large.
Over the past thirty years, Fairfax, California artist, Carol Gold's work has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and Canada. Her sculpture has received numerous accolades at national exhibitions including the John Cavanaugh Memorial Award from the National Sculpture Society and multiple feature articles in renowned publications.
Carol has been a fellow with the National Sculptors' Guild since 1996. With our design team, the prolific sculptor placed hundreds of smaller works and dozens of public art commissions. Each monumental placement promote a sense of pride and community cohesion where they are installed
Early on we placed a jovial depiction of two figures in a sort of kite-like dance called "Wind" in Coos-Bay, Oregon.
Another vibrant sculpture "Fiesta" was first placed at the pedestrian entry to the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library. This sculpture has since also been added to the permanent collections of the city's of Cerritos, California and Loveland, Colorado.
Her monumental "Story Teller" has greeted visitors to the Whittwood Branch Library in Whittier, CA since 2007. This exuberant figure brings their narrative to life; stone benches provide a spot for visitors to sit and read, or listen to library orators.
"Conversation" has been placed in Paramount, California and Boulder, Colorado where two figures face each other, connecting through thoughtful discussion. And the bronze figures in "Communion" take in the view and create a quiet area in a natural space of a Northern Colorado residential park for visitors to take a rest from the trail.
In 2010, her 13-foot tall bronze and stainless steel sculpture, "Time" was installed at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, MI. This quickly became a favorite “photo op” destination for students and visitors to the campus. Additional castings were later added to the City's of Bend, Oregon and Loveland, Colorado.
Perhaps the least expected monument is "Belle", a larger-than-life sized Holstein cow commissioned by the City of Bellflower, CA as a nod to their start as a dairy-producing town. Since Gold grew up on a dairy farm in western Massachusetts, this subject was actually not a far stretch for her; she annually included an animal sculpture or two in her portfolio of small works.
Her 14-foot tall sculpture "Infinite Dance" was added to the Town of Pittsfield, MA in the town’s central common, the heart of the community; followed by placements in Little Rock, Arkansas and her final installation in Downey, California. This is perhaps the closest to a self-portrait of the monuments - depicting a figure dancing joyfully on the top of a stainless steel ring. Carol was both a serious and studious person, she stayed current with politics and social issues, but that glint in her eye as she looks up at you (for most of us) showed her wisdom about the balance of life; to sometimes set all that aside and move to the music.
We are so grateful for the time we have known and worked with Carol Gold to share her creative energy and vision; her artistic legacy will contribute for generations to come. - Alyson and John Kinkade, National Sculptors' Guild
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations are made in Carol’s honor to Democracy Now! KPFA, The Sierra Club, the Marin Land Trust or Planned Parenthood.
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