2015 PURCHASE AWARDS
Sculpture at the River Market is pleased to announce that seven sculptures, from artists juried into the 2015 Sculpture Show & Sale, were purchased from the proceeds of the event in April 2015. These sculptures will be added to the collection of over 80 pieces of public art in the city of Little Rock.
Stephen Shachtman’s “RED #3 MONOLITH”
When asked what his inspiration was for the piece, Stephen’s response was as precise as the form of the sculpture itself; he replied, “I was inspired by simple, monolithic forms.”
Installed in July 2015, the steel and acrylic sculpture is located behind the River Market, placed between the Junction Bridge (seen in the background in this photograph) and the First Security Amphitheater on the bank of the Arkansas River.
Shactman, of Denver, CO, is a member of the National Sculptors’ Guild and was one of the six semi-finalists in Sculpture at the River Market’s 5th Public Art Monument Sculpture Commission Competition in April. Steve’s proposal was “A”, a Cor ten steel, stacked flagstone, and silicon bronze sculpture forming a three-dimensional letter “A”.
“BUTTERFLY BANNERSTONE” Valerie Schafer (Plymouth, IN)
“Butterfly Bannerstone”, a bronze sculpture, can be found in Riverfront Park, just to the east of the Main Streen bridge. When asked about her inspiration for the sculpture, Valerie said, “This is drawn from a visual vocabulary inspired by Native American artifacts from prehistory. While a banner was originally a small stone or wood counterweight for the “atlatl” (a weapon predating the bow and arrow), this enlarged representation speaks of the beauty of Native American culture beyond the usual stereotypes. The sculpture embraces tradition, as it reveals Indians as inhabitants of the Americas far longer than most people believe. At the same time, the simplicity of the form evokes a sense of elegance with a decidedly contemporary feel. These works have been a part of my journey of self-discovery to embrace my Cherokee heritage, while learning along the way my home and studio are located on the precise spot the “Trail of Death” (the last forced removal of Native Americans from Indiana) began in 1838.”
Nathan S. Pierce’s “BOOGIE” (Cape Girardeau, MO)
“Boogie” is located west of the Junction Bridge in Riverfront Park. When asked about his inspiration for “Boogie,” created from expoxy coated structural steel, Nathan stated his focus was Personal Communication. He wrote, “Communication in today’s social landscape is often perceived as intangible and abstract. Through the use of modern technologies we are capable of exchanging information in more ways than ever before. “Boogie” is an interpretation of personal communication through abstract visual information.”
“Abundance” is a bronze garden bell, which depicts a pair of mourning doves with wild sunflowers. Moore said, “The sculpture is titled “Abundance” because it is about the fall season when the favorite food of the doves is plentiful and allows them to prepare for migration. Doves are a universal theme for love and peace and the position of this pair speaks to the abundance of well being when two become united in common purpose. It is my desire to bring glory to God by making reminders and reflections of his beautiful creation.”
“Camdeboo” also received the Best of Show Award ($1000) at Sculpture at the River Market’s 2015 Fine Art Sculpture Show & Sale. Daly said that the sculpture is “an amalgam of myth, imagination, and organic curiosity; it was inspired by combining realism with fantasy in equal proportions.” Leslie, of Cincinnati, OH, sculpted this imaginary animal of steel, steel mesh and metal compound.
This sculpture by Denny Haskew, of Loveland, CO, is stone and bronze. Denny said he wanted to show “the ritual used by a couple to renew their commitment to one another, then using many colors or people and different conversations between different genders it shows society ability to sit down and converse with one another.”
This bronze and stainless steel sculpture will be located in the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden. Casey states that his inspiration for “Tranquility” was the Chinese word (character) 安 Ān: translating to “peaceful, content, safe.” He said that the observer can derive a story from “the composition of the character; it breaks down into “ornamental roof and woman.” Read in this way, “a woman is at peace in a beautiful home.”