Take a stroll and discover the sculpture at City Green. Each piece is numbered and the walk runs counter-clockwise around the Green. You can start and end at any point, just scroll down to the number of the sculpture you're at to learn more about the piece.
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1. Le Voyageur qui Fait son Nid
by Corrina Sephora of Atlanta, Georgia
Forged and fabricated steel
Artist Corrina Sephora’s sculpture “La Voyageur qui Fait son Nid” (translated: “The Traveler that Seeks to Create Home”) represents the desire to travel while longing to put down roots in one place. In this piece, one can study the ladder as a symbol of being a traveler or voyageur. On the lower end of the ladder are elaborate roots which represent being grounded or staying still in one place. On the ladder’s upper end, Sephora created a boat-shaped bird’s nest, for birds are always creating their homes when they build their nests in many places.
Sephora created the maquette (artist’s model) of “La Voyageur qui Fait son Nid” while attending a residency for artists in California. While she had toyed with the idea of moving to California for many years, the idea of “home” was weighing on her mind. She had spent more than twenty years in the Atlanta area, and her sculpture became a type of meditation on wanting to keep moving versus being rooted where she had created a home. Sephora works with universal and personal themes of loss and transformation within the context of contemporary society. Her metal studio is located in Decatur where she creates sculptures for public works as well as private commissioned pieces.
2. Mountain Landscape
by Hanna Jubran of Grimesland, NC
On many late afternoons when Hanna Jubran was growing up, he would climb a hill not far from his home in the Galilee to watch the sun set. Mesmerized, he would study the horizon and its changing clouds and colors. These memories were the inspiration for his sculpture “Mountain Landscape.”
Looking carefully at this piece, Jubran’s remembered landscapes are revealed in its shapes. The orange circle represents the sun; the blue horizontal pieces correspond to the sky and mountainous landscape; the red depicts the strong colors reflected from the setting sun. Jubran’s desire to depict the landscape in a three-dimensional form is why he chose to use stainless steel and paint it as if it were a painting. Despite his earlier-in-life experiences, Jubran insists each sculpture he creates is its own reality influenced by its immediate surroundings.
by Jacob Burmood of Kansas City, MO
Cold –cast aluminum, steel
Jacob Burmood’s fascination with natural formations trace back to his childhood when he would spend time walking along a creek that had carved its path through the wooded area around it. The elemental forces, or processes that determined that creek’s path also defined the rocks, vegetation and living organisms surrounding it. These processes, though different, were related in their goal of forging a path.
In his work as an artist, Burmood uses this fascination with forces to create his fluid and free-flowing sculptures. He uses multiple layers of process and materials to discover an underlying order, unifying elements and forces as they converge in his creations. Using fabric as his inspiration for his sculpture “Billow,” Burmood studied the flow and fluidity of the fabric. His goal was to visibly map the invisible forces that flowed through it. Gravity, tension and the actual flow of the fabric are caught in time and fossilized to reveal some of those invisible forces. “Billow” is made of cold-cast aluminum-a blend of resin and aluminum powder and then reinforced with fiberglass underneath. A steel armature adds strength from within.
4. Flora Duet
by John Parker of Glenside, PA
Artist John Parker from Glenside, Pennsylvania gets his inspiration for his playful sculptures from some very specific natural entities: insects, birds, flowers, and dinosaurs! He has an extensive insect collection that he has honed since high school and still uses for sculpture ideas. The sixteen-pieces of his sculpture “Flora Duet” is indicative of an insect’s segmented, hard-shelled body. Parker’s love for birds as well as his affinity for cannas also help shape his artistic ideas. Parker’s fascination with dinosaurs is particularly evident in his work. His large-scale productions of what are otherwise small creatures come from reality and fantasy of the prehistoric world.
“Flora Duet” is constructed from steel plate. Its bright yellow color suggests playfulness and was influenced by Parker’s huge garden full of cannas. The title of the piece comes from a classical “one-hit wonder” he heard on a CD and felt it was the perfect music for this happy piece. The musical artist of that “one-hit wonder” is unknown.
5. Groovy Peace Sign
by Joe and Terry Malesky of Strafford, MO
Joe Malesky and his wife Terry make up the sculpture team known as New Adventures Sculptures. In 2013, after retiring from a 30-year career in a grocery warehouse, Joe decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of being an abstract artist. His sculptures feature a variety of materials such as recycled metal parts, rocks and driftwood. Terry would help Joe write up his artist statements but her creative ideas of future projects as well as her sharp eye for color was what convinced her to retire as a business administer to work full-time as Joe’s artistic partner.
“Groovy Peace Sign,” like all of the Maleskys’ sculptures, originated in a salvage yard. Joe claims he can always find a sculpture in a scrap yard! This particular creation began as a 10” schedule 40 pipe that had been part of a heat exchanger. The metal plate that forms the hand is an old boiler plate. The texture of the scraps give “pop” to the sculpture’s colors. According to Terry, it’s the roughness of the metal that gives the piece its life. The Joe and Terry Malesky are thrilled to have their representation of the groovy 1960s here in Sandy Springs?!!
by Joey Manson of Central, SC
Steel, bronze, concrete, paint
Artist Joey Manson’s sculpture “Specimen” can be called an “anticipatory” sculpture. His inspiration wasn’t necessarily a particular blossom or plant but rather the idea of growth or something that is not quite ready to bloom. Manson works with industrial materials to depict his surroundings. “Specimen” was constructed from steel, concrete, and bronze. The bronze and concrete were shaped using a computer-generated mold. If you look closely at “Specimen’s” surfaces, you can see the milling marks from the molds. “Specimen’s” buds are made of weathered bronze which will continue to wear, further enhancing the piece’s natural patina.
Based in Clemson, South Carolina, Manson’s approach to sculpting is to respond to things in our environment. He keeps in mind a mix of our natural surroundings—circular and organic—and the impact that people (angular types of components) have on their landscapes.
7. Motion #1
by Hanna Jubran of Grimesland, NC
From the artist:
Artist Hanna Jubran’s sculptures address the concepts of time, movement, balance and space. In his sculpture “Motion #1,” Jubran was inspired by the emotion of elements in the universe. In this piece, he incorporates a few forms to convey the motions and emotions of Summer. The centerpiece evokes the dividing symbolism of the circle of life; the ellipse shape signifies the motion of life. Jubran’s use of brilliant colors on this stainless-steel sculpture are intentional displays of the season: the yellow generates heat and hope; the blue defines the sky; and the red reveals motion and energy.
Jubran’s works are usually produced within a series. “Motion #1” is part of his “motion” series which also include works titled “In Motion,” “Light Motion,” and “Moon Motion.” He currently is a professor of sculpture at East Carolina University’s School of Design in Greenville, North Carolina.
8. He Always Carried it With Him
by Charlie Brouwer of Willis, VA
Locust wood, screws, preservative stain
Charlie Brouwer lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural southwest Virginia in a 100+ year-old farmhouse. The house, which Brouwer named “Out There” due to its remote location, sits on nine acres of open fields and woods, with 20 outdoor sculptures placed along a half-mile walking trail.
This sculpture, “He Always Carried It with Him,” depicts an environmental theme. The leaf serves as a reminder that all of our lives are dependent upon the very same natural environment and that whatever we can do to help maintain it is better for all of us. Brouwer draws inspiration for his art from the writings of Henry David Thoreau and the work of German artist Joseph Beuys. This sculpture is carved from black locust wood, which grows well in the mountains near Brouwer’s home. It’s an extremely hearty wood that will last at least 100 years.
by Jonathan Bowling of Greenville, NC
Found and forged steel
Jonathan Bowling grew up on a cattle and horse farm in Kentucky. He was drawn to sculpting horses because of their majestic beauty and organic shapes. He was an art student who enjoyed math and thus appreciated the use of geometry and physics in making sculptures.
Over the past 10 years, Bowling has been working on a series of metal horses that focus on interior and negative spaces as much as on contours and surfaces. He envisions each horse he creates as a series of abstract sculptures combined to form the armature for the whole. He collects materials for his sculptures from daily visits to a local scrapyard.
Most of the rebar material used for the body of this sculpture, “Boreas,” came from a burned down tobacco warehouse next door to Bowling’s studio in Greenville, North Carolina. The tail and mane are made from scraps from artist friends in Durham. “Boreas” takes its name from “god of the north wind.” Jonathan shares his studio space with 14 guinea fowl, 15 goats, several chickens and a couple of cats.
ArtSS in the Open Art Walk is a project of Art Sandy Springs and the City of Sandy Springs.