The St. Joseph Sculpture Walk unveils pieces from different artists to be displayed throughout
Presented by the
In the works for seven years, the Sculpture Walk began as an idea by Allied Arts Executive Director
"The city reminded me a lot of St. Joe. It had the same kind of vibe to it, but their downtown, one of the things that stood out was they had sculptures throughout the downtown area," she says.
The installed pieces of art added personality to the area as well as broke up the monotony of empty space and brought in a sense of pride the city had in its art scene.
"I thought '
"The goal is to create public art that highlights artists from all over the country," Fankhauser says. "It took awhile to get the process together, so we're very excited that it's now happening."
Sending out a call to artists to submit their sculpture ideas last fall, the
Chosen by a committee of business owners and city personnel, the submissions range from local, such as the robotic-looking scrap metal sculpture "BOB" from
"The quality of the work was really exceptional and it made it very difficult for the committee to select which ones to bring in this year because there were so many good choices," Fankhauser says.
One of the more controversial statues, "Nike" by
"The body is to remind people of themselves ... the wings that their spirit is out there," he says. "People who don't understand nude bodies should see that historically, it represents ideals and beauty ... It's not some type of pornography."
The sculpture took Mitchell a while to create, from designing the smaller models to craft the design of his sculpture to the several weeks it took to form the aluminum sheets that make up "Nike" into the right shapes.
"A lot of my work is trying to figure out what to make with sheet metal. I'm a little bit limited because it's more difficult to do arms and legs, stuff like that. That explains the truncated look of it," he says.
The addition of more art to
"It's more important than ever that they have stuff for people to look at because a lot of people don't go to museums anymore," he says. "I'm very happy that there's stuff for people to see so they can be delighted in some way and also informed about the history of art."
Tickets for the Sculpture Walk reception are
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