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.
10/22/17: National Sculptors' Guild John Kinkade is in NJ for the unveiling of The College of New Jersey’s new Bronze mascot by NSG fellow Herb Mignery. The 8ft Lion served as the official greeter to homecoming fans at the game. The sculpture will be stored until the permanent site at the Brower Student Center is ready in Spring. The sculpture was generously presented to the school by alumnus William McLagan. #GoLions
3/15/17: Herb Mignery has been making room for a lion. He recently moved out of a spacious studio thinking he wasn't going to sculpt monuments anymore - then we called saying - want to sculpt a life-sized lion.?! Luckily he had room in his garage.
The lion is based on a maquette Herb sculpted a few years ago. When TCNJ alumni Bill McLagan visited the gallery, he knew this was the piece to enlarge for The College of New Jersey's campus. Stay tuned to see updates as the lion is cast in bronze and installed...
09/22/2017 UPDATE: Honored to have seven of the Little Rock Nine at the Unveiling and Dedication of United by Clay Enoch and the National Sculptors' Guild at Central High School, Little Rock, AR.
09/21/2017 UPDATE: We are in Little Rock for the installation of United by Clay Enoch and the National Sculptors' Guild The 10-foot bronze commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the integration of Central High.
Clay states about the sculpture... “I wanted to try to shift the focus from the historical to the contemporary. There has been so much progress made. I wanted to create something that showed the strides that have been made — something hopeful and uplifting.”
The design features allegorical figures with raised arms working to interlock their respective rings in the effort to be "UNITED". Incomplete rings indicate that there is still progress to be made. A secondary narrative built on the surface of each figure demonstrates that both sides have a foundation of ideals spanning generations that must be transformed into building blocks toward something greater
The dedication for this important monument is Friday September 22nd at Central High School where additional commemorations are happening this month to recognize the 60th anniversary of the integration of Central High. click for more info
09/15/17 UPDATE: United by Clay Enoch and the National Sculptors' Guild was loaded onto the truck this morning and is on its way to Little Rock. The 10-foot bronze will be installed next week. The dedication for this important monument is Friday September 22nd at Central High School.
Two identical allegorical figures with subtle racial differences face each other raising their arms to interlock their respective rings and create this "United" composition. The rings are incomplete circles to indicate that there is still progress to be made in this endeavor. The figures face each other to symbolize the importance of removing preconceptions and discovering the reality that we are all the same and all deserve equal opportunities.
A secondary narrative is etched onto the surface of the figures to be discovered close-up. These smaller figures demonstrate that both sides have a foundation of ideals spanning generations that must be transformed into building blocks towards something greater. The blocks are mirror finished so that the viewer can see themselves in the piece and understand we each have a role to play in the continued efforts that began with the Civil Rights Movement.
Art celebrates post-integration progress
Story published monday in LR demgazette...... By Jeannie Roberts Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
This article was published April 25, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.
PHOTO BY ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE / MITCHELL PE MASILUN
Little Rock contest’s winner to sculpt piece marking 60 years since Central High crisis
Shifting the focus from the historical scar on Little Rock to the strides that have been made in the nearly 60 years since Central High School was integrated was the goal of this year’s winner of the 2016 Sculpture at the River Market competition.
National Sculptors' Guild fellow Clay Enoch of Colorado Springs, Colo., was named Sunday as the recipient of a public art commission for his proposed piece called United. The sculpture, which will be 10 feet, 2 inches tall and 6 feet wide, will be installed in 2017 on the grounds of Central High School to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the desegregation crisis. The state gained national attention when on Sept. 4, 1957, nine black students attempted to enter the high school but were turned away by the Arkansas National Guard and an angry mob. On Sept. 25, 1957, U.S. Army troops, under orders from President Dwight Eisenhower, escorted the “Little Rock Nine” through the mobs and into the high school, officially ending segregation for the state. Enoch’s piece, which he will compose from silicon bronze and structural stainless steel, depicts two figures working together to connect two circles. “The thing that struck me is the history is kind of ugly,” Enoch said. “I wanted to try to shift the focus from the historical to the contemporary. There has just been so much progress made. I wanted to create something that showed the strides that have been made — something hopeful and uplifting.”
Enoch and two other finalists — Kathleen Caricof and Denny Haskew, both of Colorado — were selected from 28 submissions. “This is cliche, but you’d like to be able to give all three of them the commission to do all three pieces because they were all three superb in every way,” said Dean Kumpuris, the founder of Sculpture at the River Market and a member of the Little Rock Board of Directors. Little Rock Central Principal Nancy Rousseau said she was thrilled about the commissioned piece and is eager to have it installed. “There were so many good pieces,” she said. “They’re all timeless. All had great concepts.”
Joseph Wright, a Central High senior, said the many sculptures to commemorate the desegregation crisis were inspiring to him not only as a black student at the school, but also as an aspiring artist. “The name United and the sculpture is very fitting,” Wright said. “I’ve taken an art class at Central every year. Sculpting is a passion of mine.”
Artist Longhua Xu of Hot Springs said the subject of the competition was especially meaningful to him as a 1989 immigrant from Shanghai. His piece Freedom commemorates the Central High School integration with a clay, three-sided sculpture of three representative students. One is a girl with a book held in the air, balanced on the tips of her fingers like a bird to illustrate the heights to which an education can take her. Another is a black male student with a backpack and the word “Explore” chiseled behind him. The third is a female Chinese student with a pen and notebook in her hand with the word “Express” embossed behind her. The last is representative of Xu’s daughter, Ann Xu, a 2010 graduate of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs whom Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed to the school’s Board of Visitors last year. “As an Asian-American, I had to teach her that she needs to speak up, to have her voice heard,” Longhua Xu said. “She wanted to be class president but said that you had to be popular, smart and white to get the spot. I told her to speak up. She became student body president. Now she’s in medical school at Baylor.”
More than 800 sculptures from 48 juried artists from around the nation were displayed at the RiverMarket pavilions during the two-day show. It was the ninth show organized by the Sculpture at the River Market committee, which commissions artwork and then donates it to the city to be placed in various locations around Little Rock. Last year’s winner, Michael Warrick’s Mockingbird Tree, was installed last week at the northwest corner of Chenal Parkway and Chenal Valley Drive.
NSG Fellow, Gary Alsum's bronze dancer "Celebration" has been a part of an Art on Loan project in Owensboro, KY for the past two years. We just learned that the sculpture was so loved by the community that they are purchasing it for their permanent collection. Congrats to artist and Public Art appreciators!
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.
We've just finished installing two more Tim Cherry bronze sculptures at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Tim's Whole Hog and Bear Ball join over two dozen sculptures by National Sculptors' Guild members Mark Leichliter, Jane DeDecker, Clay Enoch, Herb Mignery, Don Rambadt and more by Tim Cherry.
Our primary goal with the art placements in the outdoor courtyard was to enhance the area with whimsical sculptures inspired by native wildlife. We hope discovering all of the artwork we placed here lifts the spirits of patients and families.
Special thanks to Bronze Services Fine Art Foundry, and Shippers' Supply Custom Pack
National Sculptors' Guild Fellow Sandy Scott's half-life sized bronze buffalo "Ancient Way" is in its new home inside the University of Colorado Boulder's Regent Administrative Center.
Special thanks to the University of Colorado for the commission, the University Facilities Management Property Services for helping Wallis and John install, Tribble Stone and JH Welding for executing the base John designed, Wallis for great photos, Sandy Scott for another gorgeous sculpture and the CU students and alumni for supporting the arts.
#buffalobuffalobuffalo #CUBuffs #PublicArt #NSG #installation #CU #Mascot #CUBoulder #RegentRalphie
Stop by Columbine Gallery on Saturday Oct. 1st, between 12 noon and 4PM, for a Tailgate/Send Off in honor of National Sculptors' Guild Fellow Sandy Scott's latest bronze “Ancient Way” a half life-sized buffalo.
This recent commission will be installed October 6th inside the CU Boulder Regent Administrative Center. Don’t miss your chance to view this new piece plus recent gallery additions, including a herd of buffalo by our other fine artists.
We’ll have CU vs. Oregon State on the radio as you enjoy fall in the NSG Sculpture Garden with homemade chili and local beer. See you there! #BuffaloBuffaloBuffalo
Our latest installation trip in Little Rock includes Mark Leichliter's Mockingbird Mandala this morning at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. The artwork serves as a sun shade measuring 8ft in diameter by 12ft high. Mark designed the structure to be constructed on site out of lightweight material, the mandala is fabricated from aluminum powdercoated a vibrant red, with stainless steel supports that anchor to the courtyard. Two more mandalas, yellow and blue, will be added in the near future.
Leichliter's Mockingbird Mandala joins over two dozen sculptures by National Sculptors' Guild members Tim Cherry, Jane DeDecker, Clay Enoch, Herb Mignery and Don Rambadt. Our primary goal with the art placements in the outdoor courtyard is to enhance the area with whimsical sculptures inspired by native wildlife. We hope discovering all of the artwork we placed here lifts the spirits of patients and families.
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