The Cedar Park Sculpture Garden is located next to the Cedar Park Recreation Center at 1435 Main Street in Cedar Park.  The Sculpture Garden, which opened last year, is an exhibit of sculptures that are on an annual rotating display. This year’s new collection features 12 sculptures by Texas artists Sun McColgin, GiGi Miller, Cindy Debold, Hélène Gabrielle with Marc Lane, Cindy Debold with Mark Ansier, Lancelot Smith, Dan Pogue, Craig Blaha, Siri Dehipitiya, Warren Cullar, Jo Zider, and Anthony St. James. The sculptures’ media range from bronze, to steel, to painted cedar.

Most works of art on display, with the exception of one that is part of the City of Cedar Park’s permanent art collection, are on loan from the artists and are available for sale. However, the artists have agreed to leave their works on display in the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden for a period of at least one year. The City of Cedar Park will periodically issue a Call to Artists to submit their work to be considered for display in the Sculpture Garden.

The Cedar Park Sculpture Garden was the first major project of the former Arts Advisory Board, which was comprised of seven City Council appointees: Sheela Goodrich (Chair, Place One), Ursula Overdiek (Place Two), Andy deBruyn (Place Three), Michael Vermeereen (Place Four), PJ (Paul) Gorski (Place Five), Vacant (Place Six) ,and Mark Ledyard (Place Seven). It is now maintained by the newly-created Parks, Arts and Community Enrichment (PACE) Board which consists of City Council appointees Dick Lewis (Place One), Vacant (Place Two), Julie Hastings (Place Three), Dimitri Nichols (Place Four), Mary McCarthy (Place Five), Kathleen Harman (Place Six) and Andy deBruyn (Place Seven).

The Cedar Park Sculpture Garden is supported by the local hotel-motel tax (HOT funds) and by donations made by residents and businesses through their water billing statements. The City encourages Cedar Park residents and businesses to patronize local hotels and motels for out-of-town visitors, and to “check the box” on water bills to support art in Cedar Park. Additionally, the City of Cedar Park gratefully accepts individual and corporate donations to help support public art in Cedar Park, including the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden.

      Inspiration/meaning of piece, in artists' own words 
 Sculpture*

Tanzanian Torpedo
Sun McColgin
Powder Coated Steel 
96" x 24" x 24"
$3,500
www.1180pandora.com

"When I was designing this piece, I was envisioning creating something based on ancient tribal African mask sculptures. It soon began to morph into something more foreboding, like a beautiful instrument of terror and destruction."
 Sculpture

Catch Me if You Can
GiGi Miller
Rebar, cement, glass, tile
54" x 36" x 72"
$20,000
www.gigimiller.com  

 “Since childhood, I have always been inspired by observing natural beauty and I am still fascinated by the brilliant colors and complex shapes, patterns and textures found in nature. For this sculpture, I decided to combine two of my favorite colorful creatures into one whimsical creation. The body is constructed of ferrocement, and covered with hand-made, high-fire ceramic tiles. The wings are made of steel and dichroic glass. I invite you to find all of the visual treasures hidden throughout the body of the sculpture!”
 Sculpture by Mosaic Gabriel and Marc Lane

Solarscope
Hélène Gabrielle and Marc Lane
60" x 48" x 36"
$6,000
www.mosaicgabrielle.com

““The attraction of light shining through iridescent glass, casting a magical reflection on the surrounding landscape, with the constant twinkling of the glass and movement of the sun will intrigue everyone.”
 Sculpture

Life is a Balancing Act
Cindy Debold
Bronze
60” x  52” x 40"
Not for sale; part of the City of Cedar Park's permanent collection.
www.cindydebold.com

 

“Life always seems to have changes and we are continuing to need to readjust to keep our balance.”
 Sculpture Waiting for a Hero 
Lancelot Smith 
Steel, stone
48" x 12" x 36"
$2,000
www.lancelotsmith.com      

"Waiting for a Hero is inspired by the countless companion animals that are sitting in today’s shelters waiting to be adopted. Regardless of breed, defects or stigma attached. Needing nothing more than to be loved, they patiently wait for the hero to rescue them, so they can in turn rescue the hero."
 Sculpture by Dan Pogue

One Trick Pony
Dan Pogue
Bronze
90" x 24" x 24"
$14,500
www.danpoguesculpture.com

“Memories of carousel ponies were the inspiration for One Trick Pony. While growing up, I always enjoyed going to carnivals, but the one thing that really impressed me was the carousel. There were so many horses in various positions of running and jumping. They had so much energy. Their bright colors were the images I needed to create this piece. One Trick Pony was the third in a series of four, using bright colors of positive and negative spaces to achieve the contemporary look I wanted.”
 Sculpture by Craig Blaha Full Circle
Craig Blaha
Steel
72" x 72" x 72"
$2,600
www.craigblaha.com
Full Circle was inspired by a balance toy my grandparents had on display in their living room. A court jester stood on his toes, holding a long wire that extended below the jester's feet, which was the pivot point of the toy. This pole kept the jester upright in much the same way a tight rope walker uses a balancing pole. The recycled steel and machine parts used to make the piece recall a time when the machines we surrounded ourselves with were mechanical rather than digital; predictable and without secrets. The motion of the bells will hopefully inspire the viewer to pause and step outside of time, to take in the moment, to listen, regain their balance, and to remember.
 Sculpture by Siri D Gotcha Bird with Fish
Siri Dehipitiya
Cement, metal
48" x 78"
$4,000
www.siridehipitiya.com

“Birds inspire me. They wander freely in the endless, limitless skies, reminding me of artists who are free to express with no boundaries. I have been engaged in sculpting human figures in clay for many years. After my training at Austin Community College in metal sculpting, I decided to create this piece as for a change in my pace and as a tribute to my inspirers.”
 Sculpture by Cathy Debold

Pink Ribbons
Cindy Debold, Mark Ansier
Wood, aluminum, paint
120" x 42" x 48"
$3,600
www.cindydebold.com


“Pink Ribbons is one of ten pieces from my Drought Art series. It was inspired by the 2011 Texas Drought and the idea that ‘every cloud has a silver lining.’ All of the pieces from Drought Art are from Hill Country cedar trees that died in the 2011 Texas drought which we saved from the mulch pile to become colorful art pieces. Each piece was named by what it reminded me of. This one reminded me of pink ribbons because of the pink reflections in the curled aluminum. The aluminum curls were made by metal artist Mark Ansier of Iron Waves.”
 Sculpture River Totem
Warren Cullar
Bronze
84" x 22" 22"
$9,500
www.artwarren.com
“Since before recorded history humans have had a fascination with piling up stones. Wherever humans think there is something spiritual we leave a monument of stacked stones so that others may recognize it. Today we have many different monuments, but stacking stones is still our most primal form of commemoration. I like rocks and have stacked them since I was a kid. Now I use them as a sculptural element for you to draw your own conclusions and enjoy. Remember the sculpture is all bronze, no rocks.”
 Sculpture

Fire, Wind and Earth
Jo Zider
Bronze, steel
56" x 44" x 24"
$1,200
www.jozider.com

“This series of small intimate sculptures was born out of a love for trees. One day, as I was hiking in the woods, I happened upon an interesting piece of decayed tree branch. It was all that remained because of the high deposit of resin remaining in the node where the branch first began to grow out from the trunk. I turned the node upwards and some remaining trunk bark, still attached, looked like outstretched wings. I called it ‘my tree angel.’ Later, I discovered that this form is known in the northwestern United States as a ‘firestarter.’ But as my tree angels they evolved into the spirits imbued into the trees by Native American Indians. I sculpted the heads, hands and body supports from clay, made molds and cast the forms in bronze, finishing them with this Indian red patina and mounting them on rusting ferrous steel. These pieces make perfect garden objects for contemplation.”
 Sculpture by Anthony St James

Night Moods
Anthony St. James
Steel
68" x 30" x 4"
$2,000
anthonystjames@yahoo.com


“Although there are over one hundred and sixty moons in our solar system, we have but one. It has been observed through telescopes, photographed, sang and written about, and even visited. It is a constant in our lives yet ever changing in its lunar phases. For millennia the Moon has captivated us and inspired poets, artists, and lovers; and I am no exception. The title "Night Moods" refers to an instance of my nocturnal inspiration.”

 


Last updated: 10/17/2014 3:59:46 PM