The Fredericksburg Arts Commission’s new Public Sculpture Project has install four steel sculptures at the city’s gateways. The works will remain on display for a year, and then a new group of works will be displayed.
The works are bolted to concrete bases on the side of U.S. 1 near Princess Anne Street, facing Caroline Street in front of the train station, and near the entrances to Dixon and Old Mill parks.
FAC began seeking submissions for the project in March 2016, and received 30 from artists across the United States, as well as from Austria, Afghanistan and Iran. They were judged by a committee that included Gabriel Pons, local artist and owner of the Ponshop and Carole Garmon, who chairs the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Art and Art History, and Carrol Morgan, local artist and Frederick Gallery Curator at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts.
The committee selected three abstract pieces named “Windsong,” “Corps de Ballet” and “Dancing Milkweed IV.” The fourth sculpture, “Garden Harmony,” is of a steel butterfly perched on a flower.
10′ x 4′ x4′
Steel and Carrara marble. $14,450
Windsong is the most recent in a series of sculptures that “dance” with the wind. Its form is designed to confine and define space with triangular planes and gentle movement. The kinetic top section rotates with the wind, catching and reflecting the light, as its silhouette provides dynamic shapes with its movement.
The construction is of welded stainless steel and honed Carrere marble. The stainless “sail” rotates on a stainless steel shaft with ball bearings and moves like a weathervane, in tune with Mother Nature.
Located at Rt. 1 and Princess Anne St.
Corps de Ballet
7’-0” x 3′ x 4′
Steel 2013 $2,800
In classical ballet, the corps de ballet is the company of dancers who form the background for the solo dancers. This piece is formed of two couples who represent the corps de ballet. They are made of folded twisted steel plate painted pastel colors representing the twirling dancers.
Located at the Train Station –
Princess Anne/Caroline St
Dancing Milkweed IV
10′ x 8′ x 5′
Steel with oxidized finish. 2013.
The Dancing Milkweed Series :
The steel sculptures in the Dancing Milkweed series embody a poetic narrative of the diaspora of seed forms in nature. Seeds are designed to travel and regenerate, and people travel and act in similar ways: during times of great conflict, natural disaster, or personal timing, new options become available and things move. The Dancing Milkweed series meditates on timing, release, holding on, and letting go.
Located at Dixon Park
8’ x 4’3″ x 4’
Steel 2015 $7,500
The work represents growing up on a farm in southwestern Kentucky with my mother and five sisters. It is connected to family life which cycled through many generations of traditions. The memories of gardening, flower and vegetable, are represented in “Garden Harmony”. A garden will encourage a person to slow down and relax. Take a stroll down a dappled path, spend some time in a swing hanging in a shady corner, listen to the burbling of a fountain that lures birds to take a bath, and realize the harmony created in nature. This is found in the pairings in a garden. Caterpillars eat the leaves of a host plant and leave behind a beautiful lacy shell. Bees and butterflies collect pollen and carry it to other plants which in turn are pollinated. The harmony between these aspects portrays the balance found in nature.