Stainless Flower

Once again this year, the City of Roswell is sponsoring Art Around Roswell, with 10 original works of sculpture spread among the city parks.  This gleaming stainless steel sculpture grows like a mechanical flower from the center of Heart of Canton Street park.  Just across Alpharetta Highway from Smith Plantation and Roswell City Hall, the busy traffic passes by totally unaware of the art work.

It is amazing what beauty often is right in front of us but goes without notice.  I have seen some of the other installations which seem to be pretty much in the same spots as with last year’s exhibit.  We should all get out there and appreciate this public art that is a gift to all who pass by.

By David Landis

2017 Annual RPS Photo Walk
Heart of Canton Street Park
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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On our walk this past Sunday, we saw one of the installations for the new “Art Around Roswell” exhibit for 2017.  I made the rounds to see all the sculpture from last year’s first annual exhibit and just happened across this one.

The sculpture is positioned along the Roswell Riverwalk just across the street from the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  Titled “Reception“, it is the work of artist Fred Ajanogha.

There will be nine other sculptures appearing throughout Roswell and will be on display for the year.  There will be ribbon cutting ceremony for the 2017 Art Around Roswell tour on Saturday, April 22, at the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street.  Be sure to keep your eyes open for this wonderful artwork!

Reception by Fred Ajanogha
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I really enjoyed my photo shoot for the Roswell Dance Starz last week.  It is amazing to watch how all the pieces come together in a dance production.  There are costumes, lighting, music and of course, the choreography.  But, it is not just a matter of laying out a series of steps across the stage.  There is so much going on with each individual dancer and with the group as a whole.

I think the thing that impressed me the most was how each dancer paid attention to the lines and positioning of the whole body.  Arms and hands are as important as the feet in presenting a graceful pose.  In a group like the one above, there is also consideration to how each dancer is positioned in relation to the others.  Sometimes they are in unison, everyone facing the same way and using the same pose and then, there are times when no two are alike.

I’m not sure if I am more aware of all these things because I can’t do this myself or not but, it is quite a beautiful scene to watch.

Roswell Dance Starz – Tribute Show
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Solar Wind

A sun-burst of recycled wheels welcomes pedestrians and cyclist as they navigate the Big Creek boardwalk

The final installation of the Art around Roswell exhibit is located in Big Creek Park and is entitled “Solar Wind”.  Looking like a silvery sun perched atop a copper pedestal or a fireworks bust being shot from a cannon, this sculpture is made primarily of bicycle wheels.

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The Artist

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Patricia Vader currently resides in Martinez, California.  With a PhD in Mathematics, she started her career as an astronomer and spent 10 years in that profession before pursuing her artistic side.  She earned a Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts, San Francisco and now spends her time producing large-scale outdoor sculpture with much of the work being constructed from recycled materials.

A focus on bicycles and wind is reflected in many of her works which is attributed to her memories of riding amongst the windmills of Holland in her childhood.  Though the components of Solar Wind are stationary, her works are often made to be kinetic so that they turn and sway with the blowing of the wind.

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by Patricia Vader
Recycled bicycle parts and other metals

Sculpture #10
Art around Roswell exhibit
Big Creek Park
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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A stainless-steel wing shines in East Roswell Park

Reflections of clouds, sky and trees dance off of a polished stainless-steel butterfly wing in East Roswell Park.  Installation #9 in the Art around Roswell exhibit is an example of the abstract nature forms that typify the work of David Landis.

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Rhino by David Landis

A Georgia native, and resident of Atlanta – he owns and operates Landis Sculpture Studio and has produced many works of public art.  I did not know this until I checked out his Facebook page but I saw and posted one of his works on my walk of the Atlanta Beltline a few weeks ago (see right).

If you get up close to the butterfly wing (the work is titled “Papillon” which is French for butterfly) you can actually see vein patterns on the surface.  Walking around the piece, it seems that from some angles the surrounding landscape is reflected and from others, the wing seems to blend into the background.  It really is something wonderful to view in person.  You should get out and see this!

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by David Landis
Stainless Steel

Sculpture #9
Art around Roswell exhibit
East Roswell Park
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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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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