4/23/17: We're pleased to announce that NSG's Stephen Shachtman won this year's Sculpture at the River Market public art competition. Stay tuned to see it actualized and installed at the Southwest Community Center.
This sculpture represents a culmination of parts forming a stronger, more impactful unit as a result.
The graphic nature of the sculpture is ideal for both ease of viewing while in motion and creating an iconic sculpture for the Community Center campus. Because this site incorporates so many activities and houses several public buildings, the convergence of this is represented in this form - a central piece acts as the hub of all the opportunities the campus offers.
At the heart of the three steel forms is a sphere representing the community. The Steel/Bronze portion of the “A” represents Arkansas. While the individual pieces of the flagstone sphere make up my notion its people.
Fabricated in CorTen steel, with a Bronze cap at the point of each pillar. The tallest form measures approximately 16-feet high. The overall footprint will span approximately 10ft wide. The center sphere is composed of stacked flagstone pieces which create the stepped sphere form. (Not a perfect smooth sphere, but stepped to create sphere appearance.) The sphere structurally helps connect the three legs, which are then bolted into cement piers.
I recommend contextualizing the artwork within the broader site by placing it in a large gravel circle of grey breeze, and planting karl foerster grasses within.
10/25/17 Update: Fabrication is nearing completion. We will be heading to Little Rock for installation soon.
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