Hooker Falls

First of 3 sets of waterfalls that we saw at DuPont Forest in North Carolina.

On Saturday, I went with my wife Joyce, daughter Kathleen and the North Georgia Photography Club to DuPont State Forest in North Carolina.  DuPont is located pretty much mid-way between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Hooker Falls is one of four sets of falls on the Little River.  We visited three of the four on this trip.

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We started fairly early, around 7:30am and stayed for about 3 hours in all.  Arriving at the Hooker Falls parking area, it was a short 1/4 mile hike to the falls.  There was one family at the falls when we arrived so, it was easy to spread out and enjoy the view.

It’s always best to go early when shooting waterfalls.  The light gets way too harsh when the sun is high in the sky.  I would certainly recommend that if you want to visit the falls here you get in early or you will also experience increasingly hot temperatures and larger crowds as the day moves on.  By the time we left, around 10:30, the parking lot had no spaces left and the temperature was over 90º.


Hooker Falls

DuPont State Recreational Forest
Cedar Mountain, North Carolina, USA

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Einstein Sundial

Installation #7 of the Art around Roswell exhibit is a sundail but not the typical garden decoration that we have seen so many times before!  This is a high-tech stainless-steel structure which includes Einstein’s explanation of photoelectric effect and how it explains the way the sundial works.

Set in Don White Park along the Chattahoochee River, the shining legs display a disk with Einstein’s face and the famous E=mc² equation on it.  The face is actually the dial of the sundial and there are numbers around it so you can tell what time it is.  I’m not sure the volleyball players pay it any attention but, this is an interesting piece if you look at it closely.

Frequent partners,  artist Mary Ruden and metallurgist Robert Benfield team up their artistic and scientific talents to produce artworks that are also educational.

Artist’s Comments

The Einstein Sundial we created shows the Photoelectric Effect Law, a Nobel Prize winning breakthrough for Albert Einstein’s work with light as a quantum package of energy or photons. It consists of a portrait of Einstein hand engraved into aluminum metal, and visual elements representing his discovery. The rainbow colors painted in the sculpture represent light spread into a spectrum of frequencies. We feel this piece offers educational value and is a point of interest to viewers as they may observe it as it marks time. In order to tell solar time, it should be facing due south and at a latitude common to North Carolina or Tennessee.

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Einstein Sundial
by Mary Ruden & Robert Benfield
Stainless steel, aluminum, steel, glass

Sculpture #7
Art around Roswell exhibit
Don White Park (near volleyball courts)
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Bicycle built for Two

A Victorian out for a ride on their tandem bike

Roswell Riverside Park boasts two installations of the Art around Roswell exhibit one on the East side and the other on the West.  A bright blue Bicycle built for Two can be seen riding along the East trail entrance of the park.  You are not likely to see any other couples dressed like this riding the trail but there are almost always cyclists pedaling along the roads and trails in this area.

The Artist and his works

A graduate of Marshall University, The University of Michigan and Ohio University, Jim Collins if best known for metal silhouette figurative works of public art.  His business – Jim Collins Sculpture Studio operates out of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Highlands, North Carolina.  In addition to producing his own work, he was also a Professor of Fine Art at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

 

Bicycle built for Two
by Jim Collins
Powder-coated stainless steel

Sculpture #6
Art around Roswell exhibit
Riverside Park – East Trail
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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SS Sentinel

A steel and glass guardian standing watch over this Riverside playground

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.

SS Sentinel
by Rollin Karg
Stainless steel and Glass

Sculpture #5
Art around Roswell exhibit
Riverside Park – West Trail
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Smoke

Smoke is rising in the town square but everything’s All Right

Number 4 on the tour of the Art around Roswell exhibit is a gleaming tower of polished aluminum located in the Roswell Town Square.  The twisting shape represent the patterns made by smoke rising and blowing in the wind.   Walking around the sculpture gives many beautiful variations as the light reflects off the shiny metal and seems to dance in the sun.

Roswell Town Square is just across the road from the old Roswell Mill.  The mill was a major supplier of cloth to the Confederate army for making uniforms.  When the town was overtaken by the Union army in 1864, the mill was burned down to prevent it’s continued use in support of the southern troops.  This artwork is said to represent the smoke rising from the ashes of that fire.

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Scene from the 150th Anniversary re-enactment of the surrender of Roswell (2014)

Marc Moulton is Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.  Working primarily with stainless steel, his personal work is focused on outdoor public art which fits perfectly into the Art around Roswell exhibit.

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Smoke

by Marc Moulton
Aluminum and self-weathering steel

Sculpture #4
Art around Roswell exhibit
Roswell Town Square
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Gothic Bike Rack

A holy place to park you bike in the Heart of Historic Roswell.

Though made to be practical, this bicycle rack seems to be treated with too much reverence to have any old Schwinn parked here.  Perhaps it’s the flying-buttress shaped frame or the beautiful stained glass that make us think of gothic cathedrals, inspire hushed tones and call us to stop and think of greater things.  In any case, it’s a great addition to this little park nestled between Canton Street and Alpharetta Highway.

Ex-fashion model, Suzy Hendrix is an artist who lives and works out of Memphis, Tennessee.  She produces works in a variety glass art forms, from stained glass as shown in this piece, to mosaics, to fused and cast glass.  Much of her work is made to be displayed outdoors in public places

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by Suzy Hendrix
Bicycle rack with stained glass

Sculpture #3
Art around Roswell exhibit
Heart of Roswell Park
Canton Street, Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Oak Leaf Triptych

This one was a challenge to find.

This is sculpture #2 of the Art around Roswell exhibit.  Of all the installations, it was the hardest one to find based on the map.  It is located across from a set of playground equipment nestled in behind the baseball fields that are first things you pass when coming into Roswell Area Park.  You can’t see this from the road or parking area so, you kind of need to know where to look to find it.

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Map of Roswell Area Park showing sculpture locations

Described as  a “garden room divider”, this piece is a tri-fold stainless steel construction with large oak leaves cut out of the center of each panel.  As you walk around the artwork, you get a different views, of the playground or ball fields or surrounding woods filling the openings.

Jim Gallucci, a graduate of LeMoyne College and Syracuse University, has been a sculptor for over 30 years.  He currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina where works full-time designing and fabricating sculpture in his shop – Jim Gallucci Sculptor, Ltd.

“Oak Leaf Triptych”
by Jim Gallucci
Stainless Steel

Sculpture #2
Art around Roswell exhibit
Roswell Area Park, at the playground
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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