Halfway through the installations, #5 – SS Sentinel rising to a height of twelve and a half feet is the largest of the works in the Art around Roswell exhibit. Three huge slabs of stainless steel span 8 feet across and are crowned by a group of colorful glass plates. The sentinel stands guard over children climbing over playground equipment and frolicking in the nearby splash park.
My wife Joyce and I often walk through this part of Riverside Park and had actually passed this sculpture previously before stopping to investigate. Once I discovered that this was part of a series of art installations around Roswell, I had to find the rest. Hopefully, my descriptions here will encourage others to go out and experience this wonderful artwork for themselves.
The Artist and his works
Working out of Karg Art Glass Gallery in Wichita, Kansas, Rollin Karg has been a professional glass artist for over 30 years. Glass-blowing however, was not his first career as he was an Industrial Engineer prior to falling in love with this art form. I imagine that background probably helps with the metal working part of his art!
You can read more about his artistic career in this article by Wichita NPR station KMUW Rollin Karg: An Exceptional Artist And Accidental Success
It is interesting to compare his work to that of Dale Chihuly which is currently on display at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The plates on SS Sentinel are very similar to those on Chihuly’s Trumpet Flower Arbor that I posted a few weeks ago. Amazing how much fantastic art is on display in the Atlanta area now.
by Rollin Karg
Stainless steel and Glass
Art around Roswell exhibit
Riverside Park – West Trail
Roswell, Georgia, USA
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