Posted by: groundsforsculpture | March 30, 2010

Through a Child’s Eyes (Part 2)

By Meredith Neubeck, Admissions Staff

Following a school field trip in December, a sixth grade class from West Windsor Plainsboro Community Middle School was given an assignment to write what they thought different sculptures were really about. The following are more of their short essays: 

Wayne Trapp, Geometry of the Cosmos, 2005. Stainless Steel, Mild Steel. Coutesy of the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo by David Steele.

Geometry of the Cosmos by Wayne  Trapp: “I think this piece of art is really about that to understand the truth, you have to pick what side you are on. You can’t be on two sides and make good choices. The pole in the center is connected to the middle bar and then the outside circle. One day it will reflect on you, just like the sun is reflecting on the art work in the picture.”

Howard Kalish, Urchin, 2001. Bronze. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo by David Steele.

Urchin by Howard Kalish: “I think this art piece represents a bully. To me it is showing how tough, strong and well protected he/she is on the outside (the spikes). But on the inside a bully is really feeling weak (hollow center). Bullies bring other people lower so that they can feel better about themselves.” 

“This piece is really about how life can go your way or it cannot. One side shows a perfect vortex. All the parts fit very nicely and point inward and forward. The other side is pointing outward, trying to push you into the lake. Life can be like this; sometimes it is pulling you along. Other times life is pushing you back and fighting you. During those times we must remember to have a positive attitude, and to learn and grow.” 

Autin Wright, Carmelita, 2008. Fiberglass, LED light. Courtesy of the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo by David Steele.

Carmelita by Autin Wright: “To me, this piece of artwork says that large things can be found in small places. Things can be found in the places where you least expect them to be. The “Giant Sea Serpent” is found in a small lake or pond where you least expect a serpent to be! Other things in life are found out in strange ways and in strange places. That is what this art means to me.” 

Beverly Pepper, Split Ritual II, 1992. Cast Ductile Iron. Courtesy of the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo by David Steele.

Split Ritual II by Beverly Pepper: “In this piece there are 4 long “sticks.” Each individual stick represents power, independence, and strength. This piece represents power because out of all the art pieces, this one is the tallest. It stands out as the, “big boss.” It represents independence because each stick stands up by itself without any support. Finally, this piece represents strength because I am sure each one of these sticks weighs more than a ton. They are all able to stand up vertically, not horizontally.” 


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