6th Annual Sculpture on the Lawn Exhibition Opens on March 2 Sponsored by Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs
Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs is celebrating the installation of four new large-scale sculptures for its 6th annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition. The exhibit, located outside the Orange County Administration Center, features artwork from selected artists who receive an honorarium in exchange for loaning their works. The sculptures will be on display throughout 2021 and are available for purchase. A virtual opening for the exhibit is on March 2, 2021 at 7 p.m. The event is hosted on the web and it is interactive so that attendees can ask questions. You can register for the event by accessing this link: bit.ly/3aLxRIG.
This year’s artists and sculptures, which were selected by the Public Art Review Board of the Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Council are:
- Stephen Landis, Loveland, CO
“Got Juice?” (pictured above)
- Aaron Alderman, Brevard, NC
“I Went to See”
- Donald Gialanella, St Petersburg, FL
- Egor Zigura and Nikita Zigura, Ukraine
This year’s lineup will also feature the continued exhibition of “Multi-Colored Totem,” by renowned American artist the late Dorothy Gillespie. This particular sculpture was part of the Rockefeller Center installation project, which Gillespie said was the most exciting thing she was ever involved in.
Regarding the other sculptures, Stephen Landis said “Got Juice” was inspired by his composite interest in the sculpture of Henry Moore, Fernando Botero, August Rodin and the cartoons of Katzenjammer Kids.
J. Aaron Alderman remarked that “I Went to See” started with a few simple lines depicting a figure in a boat, and those lines were then sketched out in steel telling the story of an introspective journey with a fish’s point of view.
Donald Gialanella said his monumental stainless steel head is named after the ancestral source of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess, Gaia. “Gaia” is the third sculpture by Gialanella exhibited in this program. His previous sculptures were “Dumpster Diver” (2019) and “Dream Sparrow” (2016).
“People are already letting me know their favorites, and everyone has different favorites,” said Terry Olson, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs. “I’m always delighted when I go to the Orange County Administration Center and see someone stopping to look more closely at a sculpture or read the accompanying information. And when the sculptures are properly lit at night, it changes the entire character of this area in a very delightful way.”
The Public Art Review Board established the Sculpture on the Lawn program in 2015. its mission is to include public art in Orange County for the benefit and education of its citizens while enhancing the visual environment through a diversity of styles, content and artists. The program provides access to world-class art in public spaces. Go to Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs for more information.
If you miss the virtual opening on March 2, Orange TV will share it at: https://vimeo.com/513521408
Photo cutline: “Got Juice?” sculpture on display by artist and sculptor Stephen Landis of Loveland, CO.