South Suburban Public Art Committee celebrates new sculptures at Goodson Recreation Center
In June, South Suburban’s Public Art Committee (SSPAC) celebrated the installation of three new, temporary sculptures, which are part of South Suburban’s Art-on-Loan program at Goodson Recreation Center.
The sculptures, located in the center’s courtyard and main entrance, include My Mental Garden, a totem sculpture, by Sandy Friedman; Spinning Wheels, a kinetic sculpture, by Wayne Bachus; and The Gift, a bronze sculpture, by Kim Kaminski.
Meet the sculptors:
My Mental Garden is a steel totem sculpture that represents the energy found in totems and the interaction of the positive and negative spaces.
“The environment of Colorado and the Southwest significantly influences my work. I draw from the energy of the mountains, sky, weather, plains, grasslands, rivers, wetlands and our urban environments. My sculpture is positive and reaches out to folks to encourage exploration of thoughts, positive affirmations and general well-being,” says Friedman.
Friedman’s work has been on display at the Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO; Art around Town in Carbondale, CO; Douglas County Art Encounters, Parker, CO; Art on the Streets, Colorado Springs, CO; and America’s largest outdoor juried sculpture show and sale in Benson Park, Loveland, CO, among other locations. Friedman lives in Colorado Springs.
Friedman has a Master’s degree in Fine Art in Ceramics and Sculpture and did a post-graduation study with Paul Soldner, an American ceramic artist, noted for his many contributions to the field of ceramics, including his experimentation with the 16th century Japanese technique called raku.
Spinning Wheels is a kinetic steel sculpture. Bachus creates colorful, whimsical steel sculptures that move in the wind. These sculptures are playful and lend themselves to interact with gardens and open green spaces.
According to Bachus, “The process of taking bare metal and forming a beautiful, original, functional piece of furniture, or an artistic companion to a lush garden is my passion."
Bachus was born in Texas and moved to Montana. He currently lives in Denver with his wife Julie. Those who have his work among their private collections live in Boca Raton, FL.; Washington, D.C.; Seattle, WA; Las Vegas, NV; and Denver, CO.
Kaminski’s sculpture entitled, The Gift, is a serene and contemplative figurative piece. The Gift is a bronze sculpture that represents the human journey of being full, open and giving. The sculpture has many patina colors ranging from red-browns to deep blue, red and gold in the highly polished areas.
The figure has human detail in the head, face and hand and the main bodice is an open detailed cloaked figure with one hand out offering a single polished heart. On top of the head is a basket filled with gold hearts and at the edge of the basket is one dove taking flight.
Kaminski teaches art at St. Mary Catholic School in Littleton, CO. Her sculpture, Wagons Wheels, was commissioned by the City of Littleton. Kaminski lives in Littleton, CO.
The South Suburban Public Art Committee (SSPAC) recommends the installation of sculptures for a one-year temporary display at Goodson Recreation Center. The sculptures are selected by the SSPAC through a competitive process. South Suburban’s Board of Directors approves the SSPAC selections prior to installation. Goodson Recreation Center is located at 6315 S. University Boulevard, Centennial.
The requirements of the Art-on-Loan program are the artist must reside in Colorado, and the sculpture must meet site requirements and be for sale. The artist receives an honorarium for the display. The District receives a 20 percent commission for sculptures that are purchased through the program. For more information about South Suburban’s Art-on-Loan program contact Mike Braaten at MBraaten@ssprd.org, or 303.483.7003.