The Krasl Art Center (KAC) invites its friends and neighbors to EnVision 2018 on Saturday, October 27, where a celebration of the newly completed Sculpting Community Project and reveal of a monumental Richard Hunt sculpture will take place. To welcome this new gateway to Downtown St Joseph, an evening of breathtaking lights and forms will accompany the dedication of this gift to the community.
“The vision for the Sculpting Community project is to take the mission of the Krasl Art Center outdoors, to a space where people can connect with each other and be inspired by the art on their own terms,” said Julia Gourley, Krasl Art Center Executive Director. “The project includes a shaded plaza, updated entrance patio, relaxing green spaces, and sites for permanent, temporary and engaging sculptures. Sculpting Community provides residents and visitors a space to come together and connect with nature, art, and each other.”
Chicago native Richard Hunt, who keeps a studio in Benton Harbor, is among the most prolific and well-known artists of public sculpture in the nation and was commissioned by the KAC to create a work that will serve as the campus centerpiece and a gateway to the community.
“The Krasl Art Center offered me the opportunity to create something that welcomes people. To locate the piece in the ‘Sculpting Community’ really resonated with me,” Mr. Hunt said.
At The Dedication guests will raise a glass for the official dedication of Sculpting Community at 5:30 p.m. with a congratulatory toast lead by 1st Source Bank CEO Christopher J. Murphy III. Limited admission is available for $150 per ticket.
The community is invited to The Celebration at 7:00 p.m. Following the dedication of Sculpting Community, The Celebration will serve as the inaugural event of this outdoor destination with a spectacle of light, form and creativity that features light installations, food trucks from Nosh Village and Camzie’s Pizza, craft beer from The Livery; and local wines from Lake Michigan Vintners. Advance tickets are $25, or $30 at the event.
Chicago DJ artist Sadie Woods will provide bold sounds as guests are invited to dance under the gateway sculpture created by Richard Hunt. Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. As an award-winning artist, curator, and DJ, her practice includes sonic art and sound design, deejay performance, exhibition making, and collaborations within communities of difference.
The EnVision Party is open to the public and tickets may be purchased to either The Dedication and Celebration or only The Celebration portion of the evening by visiting krasl.org.
Made entirely of stainless steel and fabricated by K&M Manufacturing in Cassopolis, Michigan, under Mr. Hunt’s supervision, the two elements of the sculpture reach upward to a height of 22-feet. The sculpture weighs a total of 24,000 pounds and was inspired by a model of a beautiful arched form by Mr. Hunt that caught the eye of a young visitor to the Richard Hunt Studio Center in Benton Harbor.
Mr. Hunt’s abstract work serves as a cultural capstone to the KAC’s reimagined campus. It’s wide base and monumental scale invites visitors to walk under and through the sculpture and to sit on either of its two bases as its two arms seem to stretch out and reach for each other.
“The Sculpting Community project transforms the Krasl Art Center’s green space into a destination where people can connect and make memories,” Executive Director Gourley said.
“My thought is, as people walk under it, they feel welcomed,” Mr. Hunt observed. “Art plays a part in enlivening the atmosphere that brings another level of meaning to that place.”
Sculpting Community has a plethora of events to look forward to as the EnVision celebration draws closer:
- The free Krasl Art Center Family Day will take place on Saturday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guests of all ages are invited to build their own miniature Richard Hunt-inspired sculptures.
- On Monday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m. join the Board of Directors and staff at the KAC’s Annual Meeting. Krasl Art Center’s Deputy Director and Curator, Tami Miller, will speak on the Transformative Power of the Arts & Community Engagement.
- The community is invited to join the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Sculpting Community project on Wednesday, November 1, at noon. Enjoy refreshments while experiencing this new outdoor destination.