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May 10, 2010

Renowned artist’s work will anchor new Centennial Sculpture Park

Installation is Memorial Art Gallery’s largest art acquisition ever

Installation is Memorial Art Gallery’s largest art acquisition ever

rendering of park

A sculptural installation by American artist Tom Otterness will be the heart of a new community park at the Memorial Art Gallery.

The selection of Otterness, one of the leading figures in public art, caps a two-year search by the gallery for an artist of national stature whose work is meaningful, engaging, and accessible. His proposal—which includes limestone sculptures that echo the surrounding buildings, as well as smaller bronze figures—will tell the story of a sculpture from quarry to finished product. From its vantage point in front of the gallery, it will also serve as a gateway into the museum. As the only site-specific work between New York City and Toronto by the internationally renowned artist, it is also expected to become an artistic destination.

Preparatory work will begin this year on several acres at the southeast corner of the gallery’s campus. Installation of the sculptures is scheduled to begin in summer 2011 and be completed in spring 2012.

The goal is for the installation and the surrounding park—known as Centennial Sculpture Park—to be open to the public as the gallery counts down to its 100th anniversary in October 2013.

“The Otterness installation is the first site-specific sculpture in the gallery’s long history and, with its sense of whimsy and wonder, seems a fitting way to celebrate the gallery’s centennial,” says Grant Holcomb, director of the Memorial Art Gallery. “The work will animate the site and serve as an enticing invitation to explore the grounds and, eventually, the treasures of the Memorial Art Gallery.”

The project, which is the gallery’s largest art acquisition ever, will be underwritten by the Gallery’s Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund for art acquisition.

Otternessmodels of sculptures
Otterness


rendering of sculptures within park

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