Sculpture Vulture: Ted Schaal’s OPEN WINDOW June 28, 2015 by Scott Leave a comment schaal open windowThe newest sculptural installation in Riverfront Park is Ted Schaal’s Open Window. The piece won the 2013 Sculpture in the River Market public art monument commission. Ted Schaal graduated from Colorado State University, class of 1992, with a BFA concentrating on fiber arts and sculpture. He has been working as an artist and craftsman in Loveland since 1993. Ted chooses to produce his work in bronze and stainless steel so that his pieces will withstand the harshest of natural elements and should last for many generations. Between 1993 and 2005 Ted’s work focused on functional designs in the form of boxes, treasuries and reliquaries. You will find mountain scenes, native flowers and Art Deco inspired designs embellishing the intricately carved exterior. Some special pieces have hand-woven tapestries adorning the interior walls. “I sculpt functional forms that are designed to enhance the everyday experiences of the user by creating a special and sometimes sacred interaction with the personalized contents of each piece.” In 2004, he began using his corrugated texture to create strong geometric vessel forms. They are non-functional purely decorative objects for the home. The final compositions are reminiscent of artifacts from antiquity, designed to raise questions about their origins as well as their implied functions. Recently, Ted has been exploring strong geometric forms in combination with a primitive corrugated texture, smooth and polished surfaces. The goal is an interesting juxtaposition of materials and surface textures. Moving away from the utilitarian boxes and non-functional vessels of his past, Ted’s new work is purely sculptural emphasizing strong horizontal balance, tension, and negative space. Larger forms frame and direct the viewer toward a focal point or focal space. “Functional objects have size limitations whereas sculpture does not.”
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Walk on your Big Dam Bridge (Thank you, Judge Buddy!) or walk on your Two Rivers Bridge (Thank you, Judge Buddy!) or take your children to play at the River Market. Discovery Museum is good, I hope, since I bought a family membership for my grandson for his birthday. An eight-year-old wasn't as thrilled about a family membership as he would be about a Leggo set. I had to tough that out.
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Wow, I can't believe I had no idea that was right here in town! (Well, Argenta, anyway.) It's kind of funny to me that it was built by a Mexican over sixty years after the Civil War, though. :-) Thanks so much for the tip!
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I went to the Old Mill yesterday. It was really fun. I don't think it's something that would take a lot of time by itself. Your kids would probably really enjoy walking around there. Maybe taking a picnic there would be good. You could sit outside, enjoy the nice air. Your kids could play. It would be a neat memory and a good small reward.
Hi, KCathy-- It's harder to come up with places to go to when the weather is this hot outside, but if you like art, the Arts Center in McArthur Park is free and open almost every day (not Sunday and Monday). The Old State House and Historic Arkansas Museum are within a couple of blocks of each other downtown and I'm pretty sure are both free. When my son was young, I used to take him to the Discovery Museum in the Rivermarket. It's not free but I don't think it's real expensive, and it's for kids, it's easy to spend half a day there. There's a kid-science museum in Hot Springs as well.
If it's warm outside, I always enjoy going to Hot Springs. You can walk down the promenade and then bath house row. Going through the bath house is fascinating to me. You can also go up the tower and look out at the pretty mountains. Hot Springs is only an hour away. Plus, your kids would probably even enjoy that. And (other than gas and maybe a meal), it's basically free!
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