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Top 5 Sculpture of Jim West


Jim West Sculptor is an artist specializing in large-scale contemporary, interactive, multi-media, abstract, and figurative sculptures.

Split Infinity

Mixed Media – Bronze, Textile; Torso -110″ x 79″ (279.40cm x 200.66cm), 950 lbs. (430.91Kg);
Legs – 92″ x 58″ (233.68cm x 147.32cm), 1000 lbs. (453.59Kg)

Of One

Medium – Bronze, 46″ x 27″ x 14″ (116.84cm x 68.58cm x 35.56cm)

The Bond

Medium – Bronze, 9′ x 12′

This historical, bronze statue represents a bond between two countries and three men. The story begins when Benjamin Franklin went to France as a diplomat and was influential in negotiating the involvement with the French in the American War of Independence.

Point of View

Mixed Medium – Bronze, Stone and Concrete, 12′ x 10′, Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, PA

In a community where many will view a sculpture multiple times, hopefully they will see different symbolism every time they view it. This sculpture depicts the monumental meeting of George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta in 1770. These men were once allies then fought against each other in the French and Indian War only to meet again over council fire along the Ohio River.

The Walk

Bronze and Concrete 7’ x 8’ x 5’

Hoyt exhibit showcases ‘Art as Dialogue’


Arts & Education at the Hoyt will present “Stir the Conversation: Art as Dialogue” from Nov. 9 through Jan. 9 in the main galleries.

The exhibit is a collection of works by internationally acclaimed figurative sculptor Jim West. A storyteller at heart, West says his work is designed to challenge thinking, enable feelings, and implore reactions to be vigilant and involved as human beings. Thus, it is embedded with symbolism that is best revealed by repeated observation.

For example, “Point of View,” a 10-by-12-foot bronze overlooking Pittsburgh from Mount Washington, does more than just depict the historic meeting of George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta in 1770. It tells the story behind this meeting with visual clues. These two men were once allies, but then fought against each other in the French and Indian War. Seventeen years later, they met again, along the Ohio River, to discuss the lands and its occupants. While both men have their weapons, Washington’s hand is resting on the inside of his sword. Guyasuta’s tomahawk is positioned with the blade down. This indicates a meeting of peace not war. Yet the figures are positioned uncomfortably close. They are face-to-face as if in intense conversation. Washington is gazing down at the Ohio Valley, symbolizing the colonist’s desire to move westward, while Guyasuta has his back to the valley, indicating his defiance of the white man’s push into the Iroquois Nation.

While visitors cannot expect to see such monumental works in the Hoyt’s galleries, they can expect to see the photographs and maquettes of such larger-than-life commissions there. It is from these that West built his career. Such as a 12-inch model of the 17-foot Benjamin Franklin commissioned by the Masonic Museum and Library in Philadelphia, or a 37-foot model of Albert Einstein that spans more than 25 feet full scale. These models, in and of themselves, tell a story of the laborious process of moving from an initial concept to a finished work.

Yet, it is Jim West’s newest work, making its first appearance in New Castle, that takes center stage. This new work breaks the boundaries of traditional bronze casting with an infusion of light, sound and movement to create a multi-sensory experience of West’s own choosing. In fact, the Hoyt had to build two intimate spaces, roughly 10-by-12 feet in size, to house these new narratives. They are triggered to life by audience participation.

“Despair and Anger,” for example, invites the viewer to enter a darkened room. A spotlight illuminates a set of headphones one wears inside. With the push of a button, a 50-second narrative begins. What one hears is soon illustrated by a sculpture illuminated by light in sync with the story’s sequence of events. In creating this piece, West built upon his belief that man has the innate ability to experience two distinct emotions at once; in this case, despair and anger. He also plays upon the uncomfortable reality that these emotions, like many circumstances, are often out of the viewer’s control.

The second room houses “Can We Talk?,” a piece West says confronts the violence and lack of communication plaguing today’s youth. As one enters this darkened room, one sees a chair. The visitor sits, and his or her weight triggers a spotlight revealing a young man leaning across a table. His raised hand forms a piece sign. The lights go on and off. For a split second, “peace” is replaced by “violence.” Yet it happens so quickly, one wonders “Did I really see that?” West hopes that “Can We Talk?” inspires conversation from both sides of the table. Young-old. Youth-parent. Student-teacher. Even peer to peer. In fact, these pieces offer opportunities for viewers to respond with post-it notes or journal entries stationed throughout the show.

“We’ve certainly never hosted an exhibit like this before,” said Hoyt Executive Director Kimberly Koller-Jones. “We typically veer away from installations and videos due to the constraints of our historic facilities. And, yet, I felt the need to push our own traditional boundaries to share an experience with Lawrence County that it may otherwise never have access to. To push conversations that we might otherwise never have.”

Jim West is largely a self-taught artist residing in Pittsburgh. He built his skills the old-fashioned way, apprenticing, visiting museums and continually learning from others. Today, his refinement as an artist and educator has been recognized by a number of awards and appointments across the state. West sits on the board of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Masonic Grand Lodge Committee on the Preservation of Monuments.

West will be informally greeting visitors at a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8. “He loves to talk,” Koller-Jones said. “He’ll no doubt share with you his love of art, history, and humanity that comes out in his work. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and interact with the maker.”

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Fleming students raising funds for memorial sculpture honoring Keith Prinsloo – Sterling Journal-Advocate


Keith Prinsloo

Two Fleming High School students are looking to honor a Sterling High School student who was killed in a pickup vs. bicycle accident earlier this year.

Braden Jewell and Madilyn Monroe are trying to raise money as part of their community service project to have a memorial sculpture placed in Prairie Park honoring Keith Prinsloo. The 15-year-old SHS student died from injuries sustained after his bicycle was struck by a pickup, in Sterling, on June 4.

“The tragic event affected his friends, family, and community members,” said the Fleming students in a Facebook post.

Prinsloo’s dream was to be an astronomer, so Karen Foote, a local artist, is designing a sculpture to represent his personality and dreams.

If you would like to donate toward the project, contact Braden Jewell at 970-571-9308.

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32nd Harbin Sun Island Int’l Snow Sculpture Art Exposition opens – Xinhua



A tourist takes photos during the 32nd Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Exposition in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Dec. 23, 2019. The 32nd Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Exposition opened Monday in Harbin. (Xinhua/Xie Jianfei)

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Atelier de la Nature expanding with nature reserve, sculpture garden | Business


Atelier de la Nature, an eco-education site and nature reserve located between Arnaudville and Cecilia, will be expanding after purchasing 16-acres of unused farmland next door to their original 8.7 acre site.

The purchase will allow the nature reserve, which was created at 1050 Andrew Gautreaux Road four years ago, to continue its mission of creating a family friendly spot where children can learn about and experience Louisiana’s natural beauty while also being a refuge for the area’s indigenous flora and fauna. 

“The whole thing we’re trying to do here is an eco-educational campus to get kids outside and inspired about nature through art and science. We’re going to start to try to do a natural art sculpture park where we invite artists to come in and work with the community to make artwork out of wood and other natural materials,” explained Brandon Ballengée, who co-founded Atelier de la Nature with his wife, Aurore, four years ago.

According to Ballengée, the hope is to not only make a sculpture garden that will attract people to the site, but also, by using natural materials, they hope the artwork will attract animals, and they will make the pieces in the garden their homes.

Atelier de la Nature already boasts a reforestation effort of more than 1,000 trees planted, guided nature walks and workshops and art and science educational programming. Ballengée said efforts to restore the native “Cajun prairie” and install a turtle pond are also a major project for the reserve.

Lafayette-based artist and Lafayette Parish School System Gifted and Talented program teacher Marla Kristicevich will be the first artist to have a piece installed at the new sculpture garden.

Ballengée said she will be working with discarded Christmas trees to make the first “art habitat” at a special event that will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 that interested art or nature lovers are invited to attend. 

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Pittsburgh police investigate allegation that Darlene Harris took city property


Pittsburgh police on Monday opened an investigation into allegations that outgoing Councilwoman Darlene Harris, who has been cleaning out her office, stole items given to the city by foreign visitors, officials said.

Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri said police began an the investigation based on information that Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich received from council on Monday.

Harris said she took several items that Chinese visitors gave her personally while she served as council president from 2010 to 2014.

“I always asked them if it was for me or for the city,” Harris said. “They said it was for me. I took what was only mine.”

Council President Bruce Kraus said he filed a police report on Monday after Harris ignored repeated letters and emails asking her to return five items that were taken from a curio case in a foyer outside of Council Chambers on the fifth floor of the City-County Building. Kraus said the items are worth thousands of dollars.

“I’ve had no communication from the councilwoman at all,” he said. “She’s not responding.”

He said the items included a large vase, red and black plate, gold fan, large blue purse with artwork representing a woman and a gold sculpture with claws.

Kraus said the sculpture is reportedly solid gold and that he believes vase is rare and extremely valuable.

When told that Harris believed the items were personal gifts, Kraus noted that elected officials are limited by city ethics regulations to accepting gifts valued at $25o or less.

“If that were true, and I don’t believe it is true, then the councilwoman is in clear violation of ethics (rules),” he said. “They are clearly city property.”

Togneri cited the ongoing investigation in declining to specify exactly what was taken or provide additional details.

Kraus said he was notified Thursday by City Clerk Brenda Pree that Harris had taken the items from the case and several staffers saw her husband removing them from the building.

Harris confirmed she received the letters and emails, but insisted that the gifts are her property.

“They can’t even let me leave in peace,” she said.

Harris, a Democrat, has represented the North Side’s District 1 since 2006 and lost her seat to Bobby Wilson in this year’s Democratic primary. Her last day in office is Jan. 6.

She has sparred often with Kraus and Mayor Bill Peduto.

During heated budget meetings in 2014, Kraus fined Harris $20 for what he termed disruptive behavior. Kraus said Harris was out of order when she grabbed a gavel, banged it several times and threw it at him. Harris denied tossing the gavel.

Earlier this month Harris sued the city, Peduto and the Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board, contending the city illegally fined her for failing to file campaign finance reports with the ethics board during the primary. The board in September fined Harris, alleging she failed to comply with an ordinance requiring candidates for city offices to file financial disclosure reports with the board by the first business day in each of the three months prior to the election.

Harris contends the ordinance is unconstitutional and has refused to pay that fine and a second one the board levied for $1,000 in 2017 after her unsuccessful campaign for mayor.

The lawsuit filed in the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court seeks to quash the fine and the ordinance.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-564-3080, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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Bluff artist Joe Pachak burns a three-story raven sculpture in annual tribute to winter solstice


Bluff, Utah • Wading through the coverage of yet another interminable election season, the Bluff-based writer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ellen Meloy recommended vacuuming up screws or stuffing forks in a blender to drown out the sounds of a televised presidential debate.

“Snagged on a reef of intolerance and self-interest, we look for heroes in the wrong places,” she wrote in “Sick of Election,” a 1996 radio essay. “We ought to admire people who make something creative out of their lives but don’t care if anyone else knows about it. We need people who refuse to go through life as doorknobs. We need eccentrics.”

Every fall for the last nine years, artist Joe Pachak — who was a friend of Meloy’s before her death in 2004 — has allowed the town of Bluff to participate in a creative spectacle for its own sake that Meloy would have approved of, whatever the election cycle.

Pachak, 70, spends months constructing a multistory animal effigy out of natural materials gathered from the landscape only to watch it go up in flames on the longest night of the year in an annual celebration of impermanence and renewal.

For the 2019 burn, Pachak built a 28-foot tall pair of ravens over two months and two days of work, his only break in that time was a four-day elk hunting trip in November.

The birds, which were finished on Thursday and burned on Saturday, stood shoulder to shoulder, their wings outstretched in a feathered embrace to honor a scene that Pachak witnessed in the canyons of the San Juan River years ago.

Pachak uses no tape measure or plumb line for the builds, but works off of a simple sketch while letting the curves of the natural materials guide him. He can often be seen clinging to the side of the sculpture 20 feet off the ground as he perfects some attachment with pliers and wire.

“When I can grab a stick that has this certain bend in it and put it up there and tighten it in two places and step back to see how it has become the shoulder of something, that’s as inspiring as anything,” Pachak said. “To have just a little bit of control over the stance and configuration — it feels like Leonardo da Vinci’s saying that a painter could be the master of their universe.”

Many of the Bluffoons — the term town residents use to describe themselves — who have helped Pachak with the sculpture over the years have noted how remarkably the finished products match the sketches in his notebook that are his only written plans.

“A lot of it is possible through commitment to the endeavor,” Pachak explained, “and the more commitment, the more magic flows to the object or idea.”

Jose Yavari, a graphic designer from Boulder, Colo., was camped near Bluff during the first days of Pachak’s build in October and ended up staying throughout the entire project, working with Pachak during the day and doing his design work at night.

“I had no idea who Joe was,” Yavari said, though he had seen pictures of previous burns. Yavari was immediately impressed with the process and watching Pachak work. “Some days I could see his brain just channeling this image from his head. I was telling myself, I’m so glad I’m here to be a witness to this performance art.”

Pachak built his first sculpture at age eleven while growing up in Pueblo, Colo., and has been at it ever since. He moved to Blanding in 1983 to teach drawing and art history at Utah State University and the White Mesa Institute before moving to Bluff five years later. A renowned expert on prehistoric rock art, many of Pachak’s sculptures are on display throughout the county, including at the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding and the Bluff Town Park.

He recalls that earlier in his sculpting career he tried to make pieces “at human scale” so he could move them by himself. In 2011, however, he shot an elk with a bow and arrow and decided to create an effigy of the animal to burn on the winter solstice as an offering. He held the ceremony in his backyard with 20 or 30 people present, he said.

In the years since, Pachak’s builds have grown in size as has his audience. Recent sculptures have included a mammoth, a pair of great blue herons, two bears standing on their hind legs and a running coyote.

The builds require assistance from dozens of volunteers like Yavari who collect the wood, grass and reeds used for the structure and bundle them together with wire. “The community is an amazing thing,” Pachak said.

In recent years, the burn has attracted hundreds of people from all across the Four Corners region who gather near the center of town to watch the towering creation be reduced to a pile of coals.

Yavari said he could see how it would be easy to get attached to the final product, but he respects the lessons imbued in the creation of an artwork that is not meant to last. “This is an offering,” he said. “This has a deeper, bigger meaning because eventually, you know, we are all going the same way.”

“If we consider the meaning of the saying ‘ashes to ashes,’ we’re all feeding the earth,” he continued. “When we’re trying to get better than the other person in town or whatever, we forget that we’re all here temporarily.”

On the afternoon of the solstice, the ravens, which Pachak notes are notoriously clever, had a final trick in store to test that sense of nonattachment. Volunteers were helping Pachak remove some small supports from under the ravens’ legs hours before the burn when one of them snapped and the entire sculpture collapsed onto its side, the ravens’ wings still in an embrace.

The event and the burn went ahead as scheduled with raven stories from elders of the Diné and Ute Mountain Ute tribes as well as musical and dance performances.

Pachak, glad that no one was hurt, found symbolism in the unexpected turn of events. “I started this creative process that I adore so much with the hope that nothing would go wrong,” he told the gathering of several hundred people just before the burn. “I believe the creative process was carried through with the collapse of the embracing ravens. I believe that might be a metaphor for all embracing animals: the collapse of a species, the collapse of an environment. We are all connected in a net and when part of it collapses, other parts go with it. I hope we have our consciousness raised by seeing such an event.”

A few days before the burn, Pachak said 2019 would be the last year for the tradition, but in his remarks Saturday, he left some ambiguity. “I want you all to have a good year,” he said. “And I want you all to come back next year after you’ve traveled around the sun while standing on this Earth.”

Zak Podmore is a Report for America corps member and writes about conflict and change in San Juan County for The Salt Lake Tribune. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep him writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today.

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Bartz brothers working on next New Brighton snow sculpture


New Brighton’s Bartz brothers are working on a whale of a snow sculpture.

For nearly a decade, the three brothers, Austin, 25, Trevor, 24, and Connor, 21, with the help of several friends, have built an enormous snow sculpture in the front yard of their family home. They revealed Sunday that this year’s spectacle is going to be a whale. It should be open for public viewing at 2777 16th St. N.W. on New Year’s Day.

“The secret is up….It’s a WHALE!” they posted on their Facebook page “Bartz Snow Sculptures.”

Snow came early this year, so the brothers have had plenty to work with, compared to last year, when they were begging snow from parking lots to finish a 23-foot-tall sea snail. The brothers, who started work shortly after Thanksgiving, keep their fans updated with regular posts and videos on Facebook and even sell Bartz Bros. merchandise.

The sculptures, which started with a puffer fish in 2012, were inspired by a trip to Florida. All of their creations, which include a walrus, shark, turtle, octopus, fish and lobster, have been creatures of the sea.

Videos of their progress show them constructing a temporary wooden wall in which they stacked wet snow. The walls came down Sunday to reveal a whale shape that dwarfs the Bartz’s split-level home.

“This is the tallest one yet,” Austin Bartz said.

Each year the sculptures have gotten more ambitious and have had a brush with national fame. The 12-foot-tall Sharky in 2014 made it to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres’s Facebook page. Octavius the Octopus, towering 18 feet high with suckered tentacles covering the entire front lawn, was featured on the NBC Nightly News and the Weather Channel in 2016.

In 2017, Finnegan the Fish — named because the fish’s fin fell down and had to be built again — made it on the Travel Channel in a documentary about the world’s best snow sculptures.

As they gained notoriety, they began raising funds for clean water in Haiti and Africa through One Day’s Wages, a group that works to alleviate extreme global poverty. Information on how to donate will be available on their website www.bartzsnow.com later this week.

With Ice Castles LLC coming to New Brighton in January which can draw 75,000 visitors, the brothers are planning for large crowds by creating a snow wall to keep safe the pedestrians who choose to wait in line to get a picture with the beastie.

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Fleming students raising funds for memorial sculpture honoring Keith Prinsloo – Sterling Journal-Advocate


Keith Prinsloo

Two Fleming High School students are looking to honor a Sterling High School student who was killed in a pickup vs. bicycle accident earlier this year.

Braden Jewell and Madilyn Monroe are trying to raise money as part of their community service project to have a memorial sculpture placed in Prairie Park honoring Keith Prinsloo. The 15-year-old SHS student died from injuries sustained after his bicycle was struck by a pickup, in Sterling, on June 4.

“The tragic event affected his friends, family, and community members,” said the Fleming students in a Facebook post.

Prinsloo’s dream was to be an astronomer, so Karen Foote, a local artist, is designing a sculpture to represent his personality and dreams.

If you would like to donate toward the project, contact Braden Jewell at 970-571-9308.

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Chamber luncheons to focus on Venice – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune


The seven luncheons are a mini immersion class about the Venice area, designed to be a scaled down, summary version of the Leadership Venice program.

VENICE — The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce will roll out “Focus on Venice,” a mini Leadership Venice course that will be covered in a series of monthly luncheon talks from January through March. Final registration is Jan. 3

“It’s an abbreviated version of what you do in Leadership Venice, for people who can’t commit to one day a month,” chamber spokeswoman Erin Lilly said.

Leadership classes such as Leadership Venice require that whole-day commitment, as participants learn more about the greater Venice community and take direct field trips to a variety of locations.

Classes also contribute some sort of class project at the end of their term.

Chamber President & CEO Kathy Lehner noted in a prepared statement that the inaugural class created a “Venice Quest,” a scavenger hunt app that is available through scavify.com that offers locals and tourists a way to get to know the city of Venice.

In addition to that, a large shark’s tooth sculpture has been installed at the back entrance of the chamber offices, which are located at 597 Tamiami Trail South, to both create an area for photo opportunities and to reinforce the notion that Venice is considered to be the shark tooth capital of the world.

Focus on Venice, which will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber building on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in January and February, and the second, fourth and fifth Tuesday in March, gives attendees a sense of what the city offers.

The first class on Jan. 14 will be an orientation, while the Jan. 28 class will cover history.

The two February classes are dedicated to medical care and law enforcement, respectively.

In March, the three classes are government, arts and culture and a wrapup.

Speakers for each day have not yet been released.

“They’re catering it a little toward retirees and people who just moved here, but anyone is welcome to come,” Lillly said.

The luncheon program is similar to one offered by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Registration is available online at venicechamber.com/focusonvenice.

For more information email Hines at bhines@venicechamber.com.

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Letter: Rise up, Dorrigo, and speak on the sculpture


BELLINGEN council seems determined to adopt, ahead of public consultation, a plan to install a seven-metre high suspended stainless steel ring sporting programmable coloured lights in Hickory St, Dorrigo.

What’s particularly mind-boggling is that the ‘Water Cloud’ sculpture will obviously ruin the heritage rich streetscape that hasn’t yet been compromised by modern shopping centres, traffic lights and characterless concrete facades.

It appears there is a designed strategy to quietly rush through council’s consultation phase over the Christmas break avoiding full community engagement.

Input has been further stymied by the council’s Create’ community portal that hasn’t been receiving and processing comments.

Cars already baulk in Hickory St looking to do a u-turn outside Noble’s garage so it is obvious the structure will only exacerbate a traffic problem that already exists.

How can this ‘just add boiling water’ corporate approach represent Dorrigo values in any meaningful way?

A grand monument to nothingness.

If the proposed sculpture is to be installed it would better be situated away from heritage values in a position conducive to art appreciation. Once accepted, it will become a permanent aspect to Dorrigo’s main street regardless of how well it achieves its said goal.

This is an important moment for Dorrigo and will set a precedent.

Given the issues occurring presently with digital submissions via the council’s ‘Create’ portal more time for consultation is essential.

If this development concerns you, consider making a hand-delivered signed comment to council before January 8 to ensure your message is read.

Glen, Dorrigo

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