This sculpture, by California artist Carol Gold, is of two stylized figures seated on a granite bench. The bench is extended to invite gathering next to the sculpture and a “joining the conversation.” John had to design something that was elegant, user-friendly and would span the weight-load all while floating on this second story plaza that didn't allow a typical anchoring installation method. with our engineer's help, we achieved a great functional look.
"We are delighted to introduce you to the nationally renowned sculptor, Carol Gold, whose sculpture, “Conversation,” has been commissioned for the church thanks to a generous gift designated for this purpose. We are excited that this one-and-a-quarter lifesize sculpture will be installed toward the south end of our plaza, “humanizing” this large expanse and making it more welcoming. There are of course many layers of meaning that can be derived from the sculpture, but as members of the Arts Ministry, we have been struck by the thoughts of our church’s interest in inviting people to join the conversation of faith, no matter where you are on the journey. We also feel the sculpture expresses our church’s openness to dialogue, our call to community, and the ongoing conversation of faith with the events of our lives and the life of the world. It is also significant that the reason the church has received the gift of these sculptures at all is because of a deeply meaningful conversation that our Senior Minister, Rev. Martie McMane, held for the donor’s husband and his family a week before his death. We invite you to ponder your own meanings for this beautiful work of art." -First Congregational Church of Boulder Arts Ministry