Sculpture News

2014 Suffolk Peanut Butter Sculpture Contest coming in October


Suffolk News Herald previews the 2014 Suffolk Peanut Fest, home of the Peanut Butter Sculpture Contest, where they provide to “the festival queen and her court — along with other festival officials and invited luminaries — a block of specially created peanut butter,” and cheer them on in a timed sculpting event.

Suffolk’s tourism director Theresa Earles explained, “You can be as creative as you want to be, but it’s still hard to carve peanut butter.”

Miami Herald fails to cite Sculptor Peggy McTeague for The Spirit (of Punta Gordo) in Decade Anniversary coverage


The Miami Herald reports on the vibrant rebirth that has taken place in Punta Gordo, Florida - highlighting a mural tour, bicycle rentals, and wildlife preserves all newly developed in the ten years since Hurricane Charley struck.  Symbolizing the damage that was caused, and the ensuing strength and resiliency of the people of Punta Gordo, journalist Bonnie Gross looks to The Spirit of Punta Gordo, a “striking sculpture of palm trees bending but not breaking in the wind.”  Gross fails to mention sculptor Peggy McTeague, the artist responsible for the piece.  Adept at working with metals since 1995, McTeague was commissioned to create a memorial in 2004 after the disaster of Hurricane Charley.  Completed in 2005, The Spirit (as titled by McTeague) is partially made from hurricane debris.

Alain Mila Sculpture defaced by Front National Mayor Fabian Engelmann of Hayange


Engelmann said he could not understand the fuss over something, he said, that “could hardly be called art”.

"Everyone thinks the fountain is ugly. I didn’t mean any harm. Our town is quite gloomy … I just wanted to brighten the place up. We painted the bottom in swimming pool blue and the rest in turquoise. It certainly wasn’t intended to damage the fountain."

He offered to sell the fountain back to Mila, adding: “We’ll give him a good price.”

Chacan-Pi by Fernando de la Jara ensnares Exchange Student Trespasser in Germany


According to De la Jara, the 32-ton sculpture made out of red Veronese marble is meant to signify “the gateway to the world”.

Police confirmed that the firefighters turned midwives delivered the student “by hand and without the application of tools”.

The mayor of Tübingen told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that he struggled to imagine how the accident could have happened, “even when considering the most extreme adolescent fantasies. To reward such a masterly achievement with the use of 22 firefighters almost pains my soul.”

Room by Antony Gormley unveiled at Beaumont Hotel in London


Gormley said, ”I take the body as our primary habitat. ROOM contrasts a visible exterior of a body formed from large rectangular masses with an inner experience. The interior of ROOM is only 4 metres square but 10 metres high: close at body level, but lofty and open above. Shutters over the window provide total blackout and very subliminal levels of light allow me to sculpt darkness itself. My ambition for this work is that it should confront the monumental with the most personal, intimate experience.”

Lover by Loren Constantini finds new home at Wire Mill BBQ in Georgetown

“The most interesting thing happened when we looked at possibilities for this installation as the artist and owner together identified a large, bare wooden wire-spool that Mr. and Mrs. Marsili had already acquired,” said Georgetown area resident Patrick Pitre. “Once the delivery method for the product that was long manufactured in the old Mill across Rt 107 (after which the restaurant was named), the spool made for a perfect pedestal for a sculpture of this size and scale, so Loren bolted it down.”

Preservationists strive to save Heavy Plant by Sculptor David Kemp

Sara Hill, who launched the campaign, said: ”It celebrates Sheffield’s past as the city of steel and reflects the fact that after the demise of so many of its old industrial buildings, a new and vibrant city of culture has emerged.

"My plan is to relocate this important work."

Car park owner Sheffield Technology Parks, said it had consulted with Mr Kemp but options to restore and relocate the work were unsuitable.  The company said: “Unfortunately the piece has fallen into disrepair [and] the work has reached the end of its life.”

"We are inspired by the work Sara is doing to find a new life for Heavy Plant and are willing to donate the piece to any organisation who can accept it and to assist in its relocation."

Work by Sculptor Jack Trowbridge inspires Fountain Set Piece in X-Men Blockbuster

"It’s extraordinary – someone must have come across it and taken an instant liking to it."

"That was about a year ago and then I had a letter from 20th Century Fox asking if they could use the design as part of a large water sculpture in the film."

"The film company has behaved very correctly – it could easily have done something based on the design without my even knowing about it but it’s flattering that they have chosen something that I have produced."

A Fellow of the Cornwall Crafts’ Association and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Mr Trowbridge initially used the design for a collection of birds put on display at Trelissick Garden about five years ago.

The smaller, silver bird with an 18-carat gold eye that caught the attention of a production designer at 20th Century Fox, was made more recently.

As for seeing his creation on the big screen and his name in the credits, Mr Trowbridge says he is not yet sure whether he will be going to the cinema.

"The last time I went to the Savoy was to see An Officer And A Gentleman," he said.


Lynda Benglis proposes The Wave (The Wave of the World) restoration following Town Negligence in Louisiana


Meanwhile, local businessman Carl Eberts, who bought the piece after the world’s fair wrapped up, said he was the sculpture’s owner. Eberts said he had asked then-Mayor Aaron Broussard to store the large bronze, and that he had since lost the paperwork of his ownership, due to damage brought about by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Now Kenner has uncovered more of its lineage. Chief administrative officer Mike Quigley said Eberts did buy the sculpture, but with help from a federal grant requiring the piece to be on public display. And in 1998, Eberts donated the piece to the quasi-public Kenner Development Corp., which in turn donated it to the city, Quigley said.

Benglis approached Kenner, asking for permission to refurbish the sculpture, build a base section that is missing from the original and make a cast of the piece for exhibition, Quigley said. Once the sculpture is restored, he said, Kenner will seek to install it in a water feature — as it was originally displayed at the world’s fair, Quigley said.

On Thursday, the City Council will consider whether to enter into an agreement with Benglis letting her restore the sculpture and make a cast at her own expense. “As soon as the legislation is enacted, Benglis will have the sculpture transported to a New York foundry to restore it,” Quigley said.

Duluth debuts Ascension by Michael Dillon

Centered in the roundabout that connects McClure Bridge Road, Irvindale Road and West Lawrenceville Street, facing toward the heart of the city, stands “Ascension,” a metal sculpture part avian and part farming tool. Depending on how one views the piece, the bird’s wings could serve as handles and the base on which the bird is mounted resembles a plow.

“It really is about the idea of work to worth and the idea of being able to bring about the prosperity through the values of work,” said Michael Dillon, the blacksmith artist who envisioned the piece and brought it to fruition. “I think, you know, the spirit of Duluth, you can see that in there.”

“It also represents … Duluth soaring to a brighter tomorrow,” Harris said.

Duncan McKiernan hopes to donate Homage to Elza to University of Victoria


“Everything seems to be in order, and I have a hunch — a hope — that we’ll get the OK to consummate this deal,” said McKiernan, the first director of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

“If it all comes together, it’s going to be great.”

McKiernan will have to wait a few weeks to find out whether the university will accept the sculpture. A selection committee will make that determination at its next meeting in May.

“They’re very particular, and they should be because there’s a lot of trashy art around,” McKiernan said.

“You can get some awful junk in sculpture.”

McKiernan described the “Homage to Elza” as an abstract, which means “it doesn’t necessarily represent anything.” 

“It’s just form,” he said.

Drunk Driver Damaged Helmholtz by Mark di Suvero slated to Return by Early Summer

“They were able to fix it perfectly,” Charles A. Shepard III, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s executive director, said of original artist Mark di Suvero and his staff.

The reddish-orange, abstract steel sculpture, which depicts a bull, could return home between mid-May and late June, Shepard said.

“We’d like to get it delivered and installed before the Three Rivers Festival,” he said.

When it will arrive here depends on how soon di Suvero’s staff can take it apart, load it on a truck and drive it here, Shepard said. He should know more about its arrival date within the next two weeks.

Once here, “Helmholtz” will return to its location in Freimann Square beside the Arts United Center, he said. But there will be a few changes to prevent future damage.

The artist wants to attach it to the concrete pads on which it stands, Shepard said. The sculpture, which previously rested on the pads but wasn’t attached to them, was moved by the crash impact.

The museum’s insurance company also wants it to install a concrete bench or other barrier to prevent vehicles from hitting “Helmholtz,” Shepard said.

He agrees with installing a barrier, but getting one in place quickly could be a challenge.