You are standing in the Krasl Art Center “silo” a uniquely shaped entrance to the museum that was designed for a significant sculpture. In 2000, KAC commissioned Chihuly to create what we now know as Beacon Gold Chandelier. 200 individually blown glass pieces make up this 700-pound sculpture. Each delicate glass piece is secured to a stainless-steel armature.
Chihuly received his Masters of Science in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin in 1967 studying under, Harvey Littleton, considered to be the father of the American Glass Movement. Chihuly continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and received is MFA in 1968. Today, Chihuly operates the “Boathouse” in Seattle, Washington, where he and his staff of 100 artisans create his masterpieces.
Lotus is currently in hibernation. Plan a visit to come see her in her new habitat in Fall 2018!
This sculpture is currently on loan to Krasl Art Center by Great American Sculptor, Richard Hunt. Native of Chicago, with a studio in Benton Harbor, Hunt is currently working on a site-specific, monumental sculpture for KAC’s redesigned grounds.
“Echoing wind, water and the human form, Bouquet represents the elegant energy of nature in motion” stated Fritz Olsen, sculptor. This sculpture is dedicated to all of the past, present, and future volunteers of the Krasl Art Center.
The figure’s head gazes downward with hair rushing backward as if in motion. Harris says that the “movement in my sculpture is influenced by dance and the rhythms of nature. Dance is a pure form of expression.” This sculpture won the KAC 2016 Biennial Sculpture Invitational Purchase Award.
Can you feel the wind off the bluff today? The breeze is what helps make George Rickey’s sculpture, Three Lines Diagonal – Jointed Wall, move! There are NO motors in this sculpture. Notice how the shadows and light change as the three stainless steel arms swing into different positions. Each day, this sculpture will make a never-ending arrangement of random movements.
This kinetic sculpture became part of the KAC’s collection in 1986. Born in 1907 in South Bend, Indiana, Rickey has become a regional and internationally known artist with artwork in Southwest Michigan, New York, London, Germany and beyond.