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 primary focal point of the entry are two simple, elegant sculptures by National Sculptors' Guild fellow Kathleen Caricof on each side of the main drive approaching the vehicular gateway of the Coronado Yacht Club in California. Each side of the drive features a marble sculpture. On the East is an abstract depiction of a sailboat, while to the West is an abstracted motor boat.
The forms and line of each relate and complement each other providing a graceful presence to the CYC entry. Each representing a primary portion of the Coronado Yacht Club Membership. Through the use of the iconic imagery of boats we bring recognition to all of the major clubs; “Sail Fleet”, “Cruise Fleet” and “Rod & Reel” and identify the club to the greater community.
“Setting Sail” is a bronze, marble and stainless steel sculpture, set on the east side of the gate. An abstraction of a sailboat, its lines are elegant & sweeping. A curve shows wind blowing into the tall slender sail.
Opposite is “Making Waves” a marble and granite abstracted motorboat. The composition shows the bow of a ship facing the viewer. The strength and power of the boat as it charges through water is felt from strong lines. Carved from Colorado Yule Marble on Black Granite with the some stainless steel elements.
This morning National Sculptors' Guild placed Jane DeDecker's bronze sculpture 'On the Count of Three' at the Seeley Drive roundabout in La Quinta, California. Further landscaping will follow.
Traversing a roundabout, we experience art for an instant. We drive away and the impression stays with us. The proposed design reflects on the setting and activities of this site. Focusing on Health, Vitality, Family and Community, each passing of the sculpture shall fuel and regenerate the viewer; with emphasis on positive interaction for families and friends that speaks to multiple generations with universal appeal. The sculpture depicting young parents in sync, holding hands through their child and enjoying the child’s joy of momentary flight has added features sculpted in the wax-phase specific to this area of LaQuinta, a picnic basket, a bouquet of California Poppies and a puppy. The gestural movement elegantly echoes the pace of the world we live in.
The National Sculptors' Guild has recently placed Jane DeDecker's "On the Count of Three" in Pleasanton, CA. The life-sized bronze depicting a mother and father swinging their child between them by the hands was a gift to the city from the Harrington Art Partnership. NSG has worked with the Harrington's on several placements throughout the city for many years; the couple continues to elevate the city with art and have received a number of accolades including the Mayor's Award, and Couple of the Year. We're pleased to be part of positive moments in communities like this. NSG#454
Kathleen Caricof's design was selected by the City of San Luis Obispo for their 9/11 Memorial.
A 10-foot steel I-beam from the World Trade Center will become a central piece of a public art project at San Luis Obispo’s main fire station. The beam, recovered from the mangled rubble left when the twin towers fell, will be transformed from a symbol of devastation into a work of art honoring the fallen.
“Standing Tall,” pays tribute to the 403 emergency workers who died while helping others try to escape the World Trade Center towers before they fell. Tall metal posts — 343 firefighters represented by reddish/rusted steel and 60 police officers represented by blue anodized aluminum — will be embedded in an arc around the circular plaza. All 403 posts will be embedded in two concrete bases that follow the arc of the circular plaza. These bases will be low allowing the sculptural posts to be the main visual impact. The different colored posts will be randomly interspersed with each other, adding greater visual interest while referring to the fact that regardless of what hat the first responders wore, they died together.
The I-beam is prominently displayed at the center of the plaza, with a single large redwood bench positioned in front of the I-beam, where the viewer can sit and contemplate.
Congrats to Greg Hebert Landscape Architect for making the cover of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles and being awarded 2015 Garden of the Year. The National Sculptors' Guild is proud to have been a part of this project.
We always jump at the chance of working with Greg Hebert who has been part of many of our design teams over the years. We had the privilege to work on the project which awarded Greg Hebert Landscape Architect with the San Diego Home and Garden 2015 Garden of the Year and landed the cover of SDHG Lifestyles Magazine.
Designed by Greg Hebert Landscape Architect and the design team of Parker Piner Construction and Paul Allen Design.
The courtyard features artwork by National Sculptors' Guild members CT Whitehouse (Sun Moon Fountain) and Mark Leichliter (Pas de Deux). Additional NSG sculptures are found throughout the house. See more here...
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Another recent successful public art placement by the National Sculptors' Guild... we installed Fellow Dee Clements’ “Journey to Market” on June 23rd in Bellflower, California.
The Pacific Electric Railway made a big impact on Bellflower with Jotham Bixby’s granting the right of way to the go through the Somerset Ranch. Journey to Market is a sculpture of a handcart similar to those used at the rail stations throughout California during the early 1900’s. A Californio adds another milk can onto the cart while a young boy sits atop a stack of luggage waiting for the next train. Included on the cart are boxes of items produced in Bellflower and sent to Los Angeles such as 'Bellefleur', eggs, milk cartons and Bellefleur apples that were grown by pioneer settler William Gregory in the north part of town.
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