Saint John sculptures near completion on waterfront
Sculptors complete massive works of art on Saint John waterfront
After weeks of chipping, grinding, and polishing, eight sculptors from around the globe are finishing up on massive pieces of public art which will soon be installed across the province.
Every two years, the International Sculpture Saint John Symposium has allowed people to watch as tons of rock is transformed into art. In its third iteration, executive director Diana Alexander said the artists have set themselves apart thanks to more diverse materials.
"You'll see more red stone and black," which are much different from the grey granite used almost exclusively since 2012.
"All of these really add to the really special connection with the communities themselves."
Live audience for sculptors
For the past six weeks, sculptors have been performing their craft in front of a live audience. The format resembles a theatre-in-the round atmosphere, as spectators can circle the artists in a parking lot on the Saint John waterfront.
"You have too much [to] concentrate [on], sometimes I don't see anyone around."
Now with her piece standing erect, she's proud of what she accomplished. With so many dimensions, those viewing Kortz-Waintrop's sculpture are bound to notice the many small nuances as they peer closer.
"I like that you don't know what's [happening] on the either side," she said.
Hampton's Boyd is back
"I get to focus on making a significant piece of public art," he said. "Normally if I'm home, there's more interruptions and things that get in the way of working full-time on art."
While Boyd said he would love to return for a fourth symposium, he said he wouldn't mind passing the torch to an upcoming artist.
"It's nice to have new sculptors like Julie Glaspy in this symposium," he smiled. "So maybe next time somebody like Stu Ryan [another intern] will step up to the plate."
Ryan, a two-time symposium intern, said he's open to that idea. For now, Barnesville's Ryan said he has plans to organize a chance for the current squad of sculpting understudies a shot at their own show this fall.
"Hopefully get a pop-up show going in November and looking to get a show in the new year as well."