Two more fine pieces have joined Mesa’s Permanent Sculpture Collection. Both were recently displayed as part of the 9th Annual Sculptures In The Streets exhibit from Nov. 5, 2007 to April 4, 2008.
Additionally, a couple of bronze children won the Sculptures In The Streets "People’s Choice" awards.
"Flowering Stiletto" and "Soul Survivor"
Join Permanent Collection
Flowering Stiletto, the six-foot-long steel shoe with a flower growing out of it, will be purchased by Tempe resident Frank Binkley then donated to Mesa’s Permanent Sculpture Collection. Binkley will dedicate the sculpture to his late wife, Jane Binkley, who loved shoes and had an extensive collection of them (the sculpture will soon include a plaque honoring her).
During the recent Sculptures In The Streets exhibit, Mr. Binkley led the public on free guided tours of the sculptures as a volunteer with R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), an affiliate of Mesa Senior Services, Inc.
Flowering Stiletto was created by Mesa artist Mary Consie. The sculpture has been temporarily removed from Main Street to receive its plaque, permanent concrete base and other work but will soon return. Flowering Stiletto will then be displayed at the northeast corner of Main and Robson Streets until at least November, and at various downtown Mesa locations thereafter.
Soul Survivor, the sculpture by Al Glann of Scottsdale, will be donated to Mesa’s Permanent Sculpture collection by the artist. Soul Survivor is the 5-foot, 8-inch steel "totem" with a geode at the top. Glann said his sculpture speaks to all of those who survive the vicissitudes of life, take care of others, and for one reason or another outlive their friends and family. Survival is a central part of their core.
Soul Survivor will remain on the north side of the 100 Block of West Main Street until at least November, and at various downtown locations thereafter.
Flowering Stiletto and Soul Survivor are the second and third pieces to join Mesa’s Permanent Sculpture Collection in recent weeks. In March, Mesa’s Permanent Sculpture Panel selectedBearly Fishin’ for the community. The bronze black bear and cub by Brady Fairbanks of Draper, Utah will remain at the southeast corner of Main and Macdonald Streets until at least November, and at various downtown locations thereafter.
The addition of Flowering Stiletto, Soul Survivor and Bearly Fishin’ bring the number of pieces in Mesa’s Permanent Sculpture Collection to 37, most of which remain displayed on and around downtown Main Street between Country Club and Mesa Drives. The entire collection includes commissioned, donated and purchased sculptures. Money to purchase sculptures was obtained in a private fundraising campaign.
Bronze Children Win People’s Choice Awards
Two bronze sculptures, both depicting children, won the "People’s Choice" awards, which were determined by public voting during recent Sculptures In The Streets exhibit.
Little Squirt, the bronze sculpture by Dan Hill of Sandy, Utah, depicts a boy in a fireman’s hat playing with a garden hose. Nature’s Balance, the bronze sculpture by Dan Hildreth of North Salt Lake, Utah, depicts a boy feeding a bird perched on his hand. Each artist received a $1,500 cash award.
Additionally, two drawings for $100 cash prizes were held among all who voted. The winning voters wereDestiny James of Springfield, Mo., and R. Halpenny of Rockland, Ontario, Canada.
Sculptures In The Streets is coordinated by Downtown Mesa Association (DMA).