Commission for Nara Park

W-Nara-Park 2

It wasn’t snowing when we installed this sculpture  in Nara Park, but the little pond was frozen. This commission from the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council was a collaboration between designer Carolyn Wirth and my construction of the sculpture at my studio. Members of the Cultural Council chose the site, which is just perfect for this wind kinetic sculpture. Shawn, a town employee, donned waders to slog across the pond to bolt in the base, but the ice held so he just slid out there like he does this every day.

The five animals: heron, raven, swallow, frog, and sunfish were cut with my plasma cutter and I used mild steel to fabricate the sculpture, so by spring it should be a nice, naturally weathering color. I am grateful that the Cultural Council and the town of Acton, through support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, gave me this opportunity. Hopefully the people who come to the park will enjoy the sculpture this winter and for years to come.



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  1. ana sanchez
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Superb, incredible delicate and and beautiful. The snow flakes gives the picture a very reallistic effect. As with every work of Joyce, this is one is very beautiful! thank you for saharing and giving us the opportunity to enjoy

    • JAZ
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Ana. I wish that you could see it move. Sometime if it’s breezy when I am there I will take a video.

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