Add to your calendar the last Saturday of April for International Sculpture Day (#ISDay). Created to raise awareness, appreciation, and enjoyment, IS Day is great incentive to explore your community and find great works where you live. Don’t stop this weekend, though! Continue this sculpture search all through May.
In my city of Kettering, Ohio, there is a long tradition of sculpture installations. I’ve featured twelve for this month’s Dayton Dozen as inspiration to be a tourist in your own town.
1. Rock Waves by Anno Sieberta 2002
26,000 lb Indiana limestone monolith with rippling waves echoing pond patterns.
2. Old Man and His Dog, and The Runner by Glenna Goodacre 2007
Lincoln Park Civic Commons
Bronze figures integrated into concrete walls as part of a series by the artist called, Park Place.
3. Monument to 9/11 by John Van Alstine 2002
Lincoln Park Civic Commons
Indiana limestone and painted steel sculpture created to be a solar calendar. The noon sun on September 11 causes the shadow of the stylus to be horizontally and vertically aligned.
4. Friendship Arch by Tess Little 2011
A stainless steel arch and two benches containing the outlines of over 250 community participants.
5. Inner View by Caroline Ramersdorfer 2002
Rosewood Arts Centre
Indiana limestone geometric cube jutting out from an organic structure with an empty void holding space for the transformation of thought.
6. Whack, Whack, Paddy Whack by Dale Johnson 2002
Kettering Recreational Complex
Ten-foot Indiana limestone creation of a girl, cat and dog balancing on the back of a turtle.
7. Untitled by Velislav Minekov 2002
Indian Riffle Park
Egg shaped Indiana limestone creation with stalactite legs and feet inside.
8. Egg by Beth Holyoke and Kathi Seidl 2010
J.F. Kennedy Park
Mosaic tile covered egg of 1500 tiles made by 500 community members.
9. Nature’s Interplay by Beth Holyoke and Kathi Seidl 2016
Habitat Environmental Center
Incorporating about 120 aluminum tiles created by Kettering City School students. The artists created around the prompts of nature, sustainability, interactivity and functionality.
10. Mutual Homes by Virginia Kistler 2018
Lenticular patterning in stainless steel of Charles F. Kettering, 1912 Cadillac, B-24 bombers and a light system, all connected to DELCO (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company).
11. Terrestrial Formation by Irma Ortega Perez 2002
A take on urban development with sewer systems as displayed in Indiana limestone.
12. RTA Bus Stops by Mary Rogero 2007
Welded steel bus shelters with Kettering’s deep ruby coloring. An every day example of art mixed with functionality.
Read more about these projects and the artists creating them from the Kettering CitySites website. Make sure to share your pictures with us on Instagram during the month of May with #MomsAroundDayton!