Public Art is a message in a bottle. In one hundred years the works we commission today will be what informs our children about who we were and what we wanted as our legacy. Great Public Art is timeless. It speaks to us now but will still be relevant to those who experience it in the future. The purpose of Public Art is NOT to decorate a building or site – that is the role of an architect or designer. Design is a creative, functional solution to a practical, definitive problem. Public Art is not practical and rarely functional. Public Art must inspire and transport us beyond our immediate needs. An artwork must challenge us with questions not soothe us with simple answers. Public art must be more than mere decorative embellishment, it must have poetry.
Title: "Ozymandias" Date: 2009, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, Budget: $20,000 Dimensions: 20' x 18' x 1'-6", Medium: Laminated wood and steel.This iconic male symbol that appears to be sinking into the ground was inspired from images of half buried Egyptian monuments made during the 19th century and the poem by Shelly. "…My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Nothing beside remains: round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, The lone and level sands stretch far away…." This work was commissioned for the grounds of the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA.
Title: "Runner" Date: 2009, Indiana State University Recreation Center, Terre Haute, IN, Budget: $62,000 Dimensions: 23' x 18' x 20" Medium: Stainless steel. The dynamically posed monumental runner symbolizes the athletic activities taking place in the building. At night a custom light source projects shadows of students walking to and from the building. The diversity of the student's shadows contrasts the generic figure highlighting the unique quality of each participant.
Title: "Reach" Date: 2011, Mozart Park, Boston, MA, Budget: $70,000 Dimensions: 25' x 6' x 5' (not including base) Medium: engraved stainless steel. Commissioned by: New England Foundation for the Arts. From the central axis of the park the five uprights coalesce into the form of an up-reaching arm. From other views the sculpture appears to be an abstraction. Each upright symbolizes the life of an immigrant to the US. Engraved on each are quotations about life as an immigrant from immigrant youth of the neighborhood. The welded joints are purposely left unfinished to symbolize the different moments, twists, and turns in the life of an immigrant.
Title: "Meeting of Minds" Date: 2004, City Park, Denver, CO, Budget: $52,000, Dimensions: 16' x 29' x18' Medium: Steel and perforated steel. Commissioning Agency: Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. This sculpture was commissioned for Denver’s first public golf course to admit African Americans. It symbolizes how thinking about individual differences has changed over time. The dominant object is a monumental African American profile rendered in perforated steel. It won a national award from Americans for the Arts, which recognized the sculpture as “one of the most exciting, compelling, and innovative public art projects completed between April 2004 and April 2005 in the United States.”