Good public art reveals its meaning gradually over time, rewarding repeated viewing. The works I selected for this year’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition reflect my eclectic taste in sculpture and together represent the broad spectrum of styles and techniques being explored by sculptors today.
If there is one word that sums up the current that runs through the collection, it’s “journey.” Some of the works you can literally ride on , or in. Some reflect a spiritual journey, a gateway, a passage of time or growth, and some require a mental journey—metaphorical maze. The exhibition itself requires a journey of several blocks, a walk that connects old and new, the past with the future, and many of the works demand that you walk all the way around them to get the full meaning.
The Grand Prize winner I selected is Adam Walls and his “Getawaycar.” Sited playfully outside a bank, the pink legs of this quirky vehicle suggests it is quite animate and ready to run off with passengers inside. This interactive capsule offers a zen-like journey, a virtual trip to faraway places. And it oozes style! Be sure to read Adam’s statement on the sign nearby, and you’ll understand this artist has more to say than his sculpture. He is a true philosopher who takes pleasure in the journey!