Take a stroll and discover the sculpture at City Green. These pieces are the current winners of 2022 ArtSS in the Open sculpture contest.
Xeque Muisca Priest
by Maria Sarmiento of Dunwoody, Georgia
Artist's Statement: Inspired by the pre-Columbian culture that had the sun and moon as their gods, the Xeque will do ceremonies to give offerings to the Sun. This sculpture connects with the Sun as it moves around marking the ground with its shadow through the season and, observing through his eye reflecting the universe.
Earth Water Wind Fire
by Hanna Jubran of Grimesland, North Carolina
Artist's Statement: The Four Elements in harmony incorporate the natural simplicity and complexity reflecting the many interactions between earth, water, wind, and fire. I want the viewer to be able to transcend the formal qualities of the sculpture and freely engage in its intrinsic meaning of symbolism and metaphors.
By Jim Weitzel of Forest City, North Carolina
Artist’s Statement: I have a deep interest in art history and Native American art along with other indigenous peoples’ works. What I find so appealing in them is that the goal of the art is to create a connection with the spirit world and the objects are vehicles to that end. I want my work to be more than just object, to have a deeper meaning, that connects us to a spiritual life and to our fellow man. My current series of sculptures are Wings in various sizes all made of thick sculpted copper, steel, and sometimes wood additions. They evoke thought of birds and angels. I include medallions and small plaques on these sculptures with inspirational words in my continuing efforts to create art that has more to say than just an object. I add patinas to create that aged look again referencing classic sculpture. I have always held this thought in my mind as I work of the sands of time affecting and shaping my art in the hope that all my work will be viewed as a new archaeological discovery.
by Gregory Johnson of Cumming, Georgia
Artist’s Statement: My current work focuses on simple, elegant geometric shapes- I like to create in sculpture, lyrical shapes that suggest things that we see and are familiar with but cannot touch or quantify, like the warmth of the sun, or the energy of a crashing wave. Inspired by curves depicted in life and nature, I like how they meander and cross over each other. My opinion is that curves are more happily found in nature than straight lines. So, simply said, by using curves I am now sculpting feelings instead of people. My emphasis on the circle as a thematic symbol is something artists have been dealing with since the Renaissance. A circle portrays presence in everyday life. A circle in its beauty is a spiritual shape with no beginning, middle or end. Wm Shakespeare quoted, “The object of art is to give life shape”.
Moon Man Moves
by Gwendolyn Kerney of Lenoir City, Tennessee
Artist’s Statement: My sculpture process intertwines color and whimsy to turn otherwise cold steel into a joyful, playful presentation that never fails to include a heart emblematic of the magnetic field each of us generates in universal connection with one another. Without apology, it makes people smile from a happy place.
by Kirk Seese of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland
Artist’s Statement: Icosahedron, or 20-sided shape, celebrates the mathematical beauty of the Platonic Solid Family. They are displayed, almost floating, in a 2” square tubular steel, octagon frame standing 7’ high. The form itself spins when provoked, adding to the excitement and wonder.
by Jim Collins
Artist’s Statement: I am primarily a Public Art sculptor working in a figurative manner, best exemplified by my long-running series the WATCHER. My sculpture style is characterized by the use of silhouettes of people and animals constructed of stainless steel, aluminum and other long-lasting metals. This sculpture, SINGLE RIDER is making a comment on the growing interest and success of bicycling in today’s communities. Each year more and more cities are adding bike lanes and bike trails to the city landscapes. This sculpture pays homage to this new green revelation in travel.
by Bob Turan of Earlton, New York
Artist’s Statement: I am inspired by geometry and fascinated by balance. A former filmmaker, I have learned the power of motion and the delight of surprise. My early sculptures were small and static, but after an arc-welding course, my work expanded. My work could be called “geometry in motion.” I often work in four dimensions, with time revealing the kinetics of a piece. Even my static pieces try to convey movement. While I employ both hand and power tools, all of my work is “robot free”, so one can see the “hand of the artist” in each piece. In the end, I feel there is some of “Vulcan’s* power” in my work. *Vulcan – the Roman god of fire and metalworking.
Red Green Construction
by Ray Katz of Pontiac, Michigan
Artist’s Statement: I have worked in many mediums, but metal remains my passion. Metal is best suited for my work because of its strength, malleability and inherent beauty. I combine colored geometric and organic elements to create compositions that convey kinetic energy. The implied energy of my compositional structures has become a metaphor for an evolutionary process that I associate with human experience. Through the creative process, a hierarchy of elements becomes the symbols for ideas that are a tribute to the transcendental experience we all share in common. Color is associated with symbolism. I use color because the properties of color are associated with social, political and spiritual beliefs inherent in the cosmology of all people.