by Larry Janezich
Last Wednesday, the Department of General Services hosted a virtual public meeting to hear presentations from 8 artists who unveiled their concepts for the public art commission for Eastern Market Metro Plaza. Members of the Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Taskforce made up of community stakeholders will each vote for one by Friday, October 23, and then discuss the selection(s) at their regularly scheduled October meeting on Wednesday October 28.
Below are images captured from those offered by the artists in the order of presentation, with excerpts from artist’s remarks explaining the works.
“RGB with a Twist.” Artist: Matthew Geller. Stainless steel. Red, Green, Blue historic lightng fixtures. which light up at night. Interactive piece which rocks and sways when seated on the bench, supported by springs. 20 feet tall.
Untitled. Artist: Brennan Buck. Aluminum. Illusory puzzle providing a sense of urban life and place. Perforated and featuring indide and outside images of Eastern Market.Glows at night. Walk through.
Untitled. Artist: Jeanine Centuori. Aluminum. References trees as a smybol of community. Has bloom-like elements. Words reflect relation between community members. 20 to 24 feet tall. Serves as a meeting place.
“Weaving”. Artist: Hiroshi Jacobs. Plate steel. Represents intersection and interaction among people – a sculpture which can be experienced in differtent ways. Provides seating and promotes communiction. 4X20X9 feet.
“Loveful Hands.” Artist: Jay Coleman. The artist had another piece ready to present but was inspired at the last minute to create a sculpture featuring hands arranged so that the fingers and thumbs form a heart, which encourages taking selfies while seated.
“Selene”. (Greek for “moon.”) Artist: Cecilia Lueza. Aluminum. Images are top and bottom of the concept as presented. Metaphore for the moon. Sculpture provides 8 different views. Lighted at night. 12 feet tall.
“Found You.” Artist: Beth Nybeck. Stainless steel. Rabbits playing hide and seek. Hopeful, whimsical, playful experience to help people find the goodness and light existing within each other. Perforated. Lighted from inside to sprinkle light at night.
Untitled. Artist: Valerie Theberge. Mosaic shapes of polystyrene and fiberglass. Speaks to a mood the artist is trying to create reflecting the times we’re in now – solidity and fluidity. Will give Plaza a sense of lightness and relief. 10 feet tall.