11:30 p.m., July 25)
Local artist to create Shenkman Arts Centre sculpture
By Fred Sherwin
sculpture of a life-sized piano made of hammered bronze and
stainless steel and a piano bench, half-chiseled out of a limestone
boulder, will adorn the Shenkman Arts Centre Plaza when it opens
next spring. File photo
Ottawa-area sculptor has beat out three other artists for the right
to create the focal piece which will adorn the Shenkman Arts Centre
Plaza when it opens next spring.
Maskull Lasserres submission consists of a life-sized, upright
piano made out of hammered bronze and stainless steel, and a piano
bench, partially chiseled out of a limestone boulder quarried from
the construction site. The piano and boulder will rest on a concrete
pad in the shape of a stage. Carving tools will also be on the stage,
as if the sculpture is a work in progress.
to Lasserre, the partially carved bench will encourage patrons to
participate in the work as a site of material meditation, or
as a permanent prop in an outdoor performance.
competition for a public art installation at the Shenkman Arts Centre
Plaza included such selection criteria as artistic excellence, experience,
site integration, reflection of the community and sustainability.
finalists included Karl Ciesluk, Jennifer Macklem, Jean-Yves Vigneau
and Lasserre who is currently teaching sculpture at Concordia University
of the public were given the opportunity to comment on models created
by the four finalists which were on display for several days at Place
dOrléans. The art selection committee took the comments
into consideration when selecting the eventual winner.
the things that made Lasserres submission so appealing was the
marriage of the performing arts, symbolized by the piano, and the
visual arts. Both of which symbolize the activities which will be
going on inside the arts centre.
will be paid $65,000 for his sculpture which will adorn the 1300 square
metre plaza fronting Centrum Blvd. and acting as a gateway to the
buildings glass facade.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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