Congratulations to Donald Lipski on his feature in the most recent episode of the PBS program Curate 757. Check out the full episode below to get a behind the scenes look at the installation of "The Canoes" on the Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach, installed in July 2018. Along with our talented team we were able to bring Donald's incredible vision to life. If you're curious about how these works come to be, this is a great overview of all the behind the scenes work that goes into the making of a work of public art. Click here for more information on this installation.
Thank you to Nancy Princenthal of the New York Times for including Donald Lipski’s “Spot” in their look at outdoor artwork around New York City. Read the excerpt below.
“‘Spot’ invokes a couple of generations of animated films starring anthropomorphic cars, as well as even more familiar children’s movies featuring dogs, specifically “101 Dalmatians.” Jeff Koons’s giant floral puppy is somewhere in the mix, too.
Mr. Lipski, a veteran public artist with an acute sense of materials, purpose and place, is canny about all these references. But this colossal canine (made with the assistance of the realist sculptor Chris Collins) is uniquely irresistible. Its eyes bright, stance firm, tail curled happily and ears trustingly down, it seems ready to hold this impossible balancing act forever.
Mr. Lipski has said that besides wanting this work to be playful, he intended it “to have assets we hope to find in our doctors: focus, confidence, patience and sweetness.” At the same time, “Spot” opens a little door in the real world, wormholing straight to the joyful absurdity of a happy kid’s dream life, a destination that never gets old.”
Donald Lipski's newest work of Public Art was installed last month in Virginia Beach. The Canoes is located at the pedestrian overlook on the new Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach. It is a freestanding sculpture consisting of a stainless steel catenary arch supporting 10 canoes arranged in a star pattern, with a delicate filigree of cut out patterns.
Lipski came up with the canoe design after learning that Adam Keeling, who owned a plantation nearby in the 1600s, and a group of others, dug a trench wide enough for a canoe to cross a sandbar between the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay. A storm with high tides widened the ditch that became the Lynnhaven Inlet.
Last week we gathered with community members and DPS students to celebrate the dedication of Catherine Widgery's newest work of public art, Woven Light, as it was welcomed into the Denver Public Art Collection. Located in Denver's Northfield Community at Uplands Park (5007 Willow Street), this interactive work of art encourages exploration of the structure and how it relates to it's surroundings, specifically the natural light.
Catherine was on hand to talk about her vision for this work, answer questions and sign autographs for the students. Watch the video clip below to see what happens when 30 elementary school students descend on Woven Light.
In the artist's words, "Woven Light is an outdoor room; you are inside and outside at the same time and the shadows, light and projected color make you more conscious of the sun and the breeze than if you were standing in the open."
"When seen from the outside, the dichroic glass between the slats reflects the sky and surrounding trees. Inside is like being in a kaleidoscope of moving colored lights on the darkened interior as the sun shifts angle. We can look through the openings or through the glass that changes the color of the landscape like a lens. Endlessly changing patterns of crisscrossing shadows and reflected light within and on the ground dematerialize the structure and make a rich shadow on the ground extending the impact of the art beyond its physical boundaries."
"Woven Light is a shady refuge from the intensity of the prairie light. The angle of the slats will always cast shadow somewhere in the structure no matter where the sun. Seating along the curved walls inside encourages people to stay and ponder the light and space. Woven Light is a structure through which we discover the beauty that surrounds us: the sky, mountains in the distance, sunlight and leaves on the nearby trees moving in the wind."
Thank you to everyone who made it out in celebration of this stunning work of public art. We look forward to revisiting this work for years to come. If you are in the Denver area make sure to plan a visit.
A truly awe inspiring time lapse video of the installation of Larry Kirkland’s recently completed design for the Grant Street Pier in Vancouver, WA. Kirkland’s design features a mast intended to mirror a sailboat passing along the Columbia River. The 1:15 video captures the nearly two year long installation of this massive work of public art. The Pier will be open to the public later this Fall. Still underway, Kirkland’s design for the neighboring Columbia Basin Water Feature. Thank you to Michael Mowry for his work on this project, it’s always a pleasure to collaborate with such a talented Denver based creative.
A City of Vancouver project. Video shot by Lioneye Aerials.
Installation is currently underway in NYC for Donald Lipski's most recent work of public art. 'SPOT!' now lives at the NYU Langone's new Hassenfeld Children's Hospital. Donald Lipski has designed a sculpture sure to capture the hearts and imaginations of the patients and families who enter this new state of the art facility. Lipski wanted to make something so astounding it would distract even those arriving for the most serious procedures, and so lovable that young patients coming back again and again with chronic conditions would see SPOT! as an old friend. "I like to think that the parents, the doctors, the nurses, the staff and the neighbors, will all be smitten by this playful, heroic young dog doing the impossible. Art has actual healing power," says Lipski when describing the 2 1/2 story tall Dalmatian balancing a taxi cab on it's nose. Click here to read more about this project.
Special thanks to everyone who made this project possible:
FAST Corp, Nick Geurts and Ryan Elmendorf of Yetiweurks Art + Engineering, Christopher Collins, Jamie Powell and his team at Maaco, Dynamite Graphic, a team of riggers and installers from Crozier Fine Arts, led by Susie Parker, Katherine Meeham the Manager of NYU’s Public Art Program and Collection and many more.
John recently traveled to Carrara, Italy to check in on the progress of an upcoming project in the works with Larry Kirkland. Carrara is well known for the white and blue-grey marble that is quarried there alongside the Carrione River. SGF Sculpture & Design has been realizing works in marble, granite and other stones for international artists, architects and designers since 1973. Their facility fabricates large scale sculpture and also offers studio space and assistance to artists who prefer to work on site. Here's John's photo journal from his recent trip, enjoy!
Installation for Catherine Widgery's 'Woven Light' wrapped up earlier this month. Thanks to the amazing team at JunoWorks and Cody Moore for all their hard work on this project.
"Woven Light is an outdoor room; you are inside and outside at the same time and the shadows, light and projected color make you more conscious of the sun and the breeze than if you were standing in the open. When seen from the outside, the dichroic glass between the slats reflects the sky and surrounding trees. Inside is like being in a kaleidoscope of moving colored lights on the darkened interior as the sun shifts angle."
"We can look through the openings or through the glass that changes the color of the landscape like a lens. Endlessly changing patterns of crisscrossing shadows and reflected light within and on the ground dematerialize the structure and make a rich shadow on the ground extending the impact of the art beyond its physical boundaries. Woven Light is a shady refuge from the intensity of the prairie light. The angle of the slats will always cast shadow somewhere in the structure no matter where the sun. Seating along the curved walls inside encourages people to stay and ponder the light and space. Woven Light is a structure through which we discover the beauty that surrounds us: the sky, mountains in the distance, sunlight and leaves on the nearby trees moving in the wind." Text from Catherine Widgery: widgery.com
If you are in the Denver area you can experience ‘Woven Light’ at the Northfield Uplands Park in Stapleton.
The excerpt below is taken from the article Troy Brynelson wrote for The Columbian in January of 2018 in regards to the recent completion of Larry Kirkland's Grant Street Pier design as part of the Vancouver Waterfront Park.
"Internationally known artist Larry Kirkland designed the pier with both form and function in mind. Permanent beams would disrupt the river too much, so his design channeled a ship to hang a V-shaped walkway from a 75-foot mast.
“It was just a suggestion in a meeting that I said I bet you could hold this up with a mast and get rid of the pilings,” Kirkland said. “Nobody wanted those.”
When asked how closely the nearly finished pier matched his vision, Kirkland said “I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to walk out there.”
The pier and two restaurant buildings along the shore at its sides are expected to open in July.
Kirkland, who is based in Washington D.C., flew in and visited the pier on Wednesday when the sky was a monochromatic gray. He said he realized how the pier will change with the weather.
“Against a blue sky it’s going to feel very different,” he said. “I think that’s the nice thing about it: as a static thing, it’s going to change as the sky around it changes.”
Crews now will turn their attention to building a 3,800-square-foot plaza that ties together the pier and the buildings. Made of concrete and basalt pavers, the plaza will include bench seating and plants."
With the Pier section of the Vancouver Waterfront, designed by Larry Kirkland, now complete, focus is shifting to the interactive Water Feature. The interactive Water Feature is both a place to play as well as learn and contemplate the Columbia River, it’s tributaries and the vast land area that makes up it’s watershed.
Here's a peek into the studio practice of Christopher Collins who is sculpting the various birds to be depicted in the Donald Lipski installation coming soon to Calgary. Learn more about Collins here: collinsstudio.com and check back for project updates.
Here are some progress shots taken during a recent site visit to Catherine Widgery's work Woven Light currently being installed at Northfield Uplands Park in Stapleton, CO.
When Larry Kirkland designed the Grant Street Pier, he hoped it would mirror a sailboat passing along the Columbia River.
That resemblance is coming together this week after the arrival of a white, steel mast rising near the base of the pier. When the pier opens next summer, the 75-foot beam will keep it aloft over the river with galvanized steel cables.
Temporary cables can already be seen linked into the mast, but those will be replaced by permanent cables in December, city officials said Wednesday. After that, wood pilings underneath the pier will come out.
“We’re super excited that we have the mast up. It’s really going to be a visual highlight of the park, and to get that major milestone behind us is terrific,” said Julie Hannon, the city’s Parks & Recreation director.
Progress video of Larry Kirkland's design for the Vancouver Water Front Pier.