Our sculpture garden, curated by Yvonne Shortt, is intended to be a dynamic link between The Norwalk Art Space museum and the adjoining community. The garden aims to inspire interaction and conversation in an artistic, welcoming environment. We have one permanent sculpture and three rotating sculptures which will change every two years. There will be public programming associated with each piece and around public art in general, as well as educational programs offering hands-on learning.
The permanent sculpture by Connecticut-based artist, Gilbert Boro, “After the Race III”, evokes memories of sailing on Long Island Sound. It was selected in part because of our founder, Alexandra Korry’s, love of sailing with her husband and daughters. "After the Race III" is a dynamic construction in welded steel, in which elegant curved surfaces rise 16 feet upward toward the sky. The intersecting planes energize negative and positive spaces around and within the sculpture. The carefully crafted steel plates are painted a vibrant orange, creating an ambience that reflects the light and energy of the day or evening. Gilbert Boro’s "After the Race sculpture series" was developed after many years of sailing and participation in sailboat races and regattas. Mr. Boro has had a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant. His sculpture is concerned with the interplay of space, place and scale. He uses various materials, including steel, in this case, with the 16 foot height of the sculpture intended to help redefine our building as an art hub. Mr. Boro’s highly acclaimed work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
AFTER THE RACE III
Ms. Teall's "Tulip Bulb" draws on natural imagery of bulbs and wombs to evoke a gestation period in which the sitter can grow through introspection and reflection before re-emerging into the community. In our current environment of political polarization and community-conscious isolation,"Tulip Bulb’s" perforated walls provide a semi-permeable space that encourages the participant to look inwards yet retain the expectation of re-emergence into the community.
Steel and outdoor-grade acrylic paint
Our curator, Yvonne Shortt, is one of the three selected rotating sculptors. Ms. Shortt is a public installation artist creating work focused on African American culture through her series titled, “African American Marbleization: An Act of Civil Disobedience”. Ms. Shortt currently has over 30 public art installations on view throughout the tri-state area and is building a boat to harvest clay from rivers and creeks to tell African American narratives.
Ms. Shortt’s "Afro Pick: Don’t Go, Don’t Grow" draws from her own experiences as both a mother and a daughter. It depicts a moment of transition; of taking ownership and letting go. It does so using an object with a rich cultural history over 5,500 years old.
*The top pice of the Afro pick handle will change every so often in celebration of my African American narratives so keep stoping by.
AFRO PICK: DON'T GO, DON'T GROW
JANUS OF THE HOLLOW
Our third sculpture is titled “Janus of the Hollow” and is by artist Yves François Wilson. The piece documents Mr. Wilson’s grandfather’s journey from serving as a young Marine in South Carolina to working as one of the first black foremen at a shipyard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The sculpture represents a gate of hope for the future and a recognition of the work of prior generations. It is made of an interlinked steel chain hanging suspended in an upright rectangle, seemingly weightless.
Yves’ print and sculpture works center on the idea of holding spiritual and historical value in the everyday. Through a mix of assemblage, portraiture, and site specific sculpture he seeks to create new and more inclusive narratives. Taking cues from Black visual traditions, indigenous oral storytelling, and everyday materials from the homes of family members he seeks to create new narratives for those with us and those who have passed.
After attending Parsons and The New School for Social Research he worked as a gallery assistant for Deitch Projects while maintaining his studio practice. This work led him to the film industry where he currently works as a camera technician and director of photography as a member of the International Cinematographers Guild.
Currently Yves is completing the “Relic” sculpture series which includes “Janus” (here on display) and working on a book of Polaroids and film portraits taken in Bridgeport, Connecticut over the course of ten years titled “New Port City”.
The second selected sculpture, “Tulip Bulb” is by artist Emily Teall. The piece draws on natural imagery of bulbs and wombs to evoke a gestation period. Ms. Teall is a multimedia artist with particular interests in sculpture, painting, and installation art. Ms. Teall’s current work draws from experiences with social anxiety and the role of the body in (particularly a female) identity. Ms. Teall is also a member of the The Norwalk Art Space’s inaugural class of Resident Artists.