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 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.
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, who is considered to be the father of the American Glass Movement. Chihuly continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and received his MFA in 1968. Today, Chihuly operates the “Boathouse” in Seattle, Washington, where he and his team of 100 artisans create dramatic masterpieces in glass.
This sculpture is currently on loan to Krasl Art Center by great American sculptor, Richard Hunt. Hunt started attending the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago in seventh grade and received his BAE from SAIC in 1957. In 1962, he was the youngest artist to exhibit at Seattle’s World Fair, and he was the first African-American sculptor to have a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1971.
Native to Chicago, Hunt opened a second artist’s studio in Benton Harbor in 1995. His work can be found throughout the community, including the site-specific, monumental sculpture, Rising Crossing Tides, on Krasl Art Center’s recently updated campus.
“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.
Fritz Olsen has been sculpting in stone, bronze, and steel for over 30 years. He lives in Sawyer, Michigan, where he works in a restored 1930s Azalea nursery and exhibits his work in his Gallery and Sculpture Gardens.
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.
Overseer towers 13 feet above the ground, as tall as the first story of Krasl Art Center. Although the figure standing atop the tree trunk might appear to be sculpted from stone or clay, it is actually cast bronze! Below, pieces of aluminum cast from a real tree trunk were welded together to create the column on which the figure stands.
Natella was raised and educated in Italy, studying sculpture in the classical tradition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. She moved to the United States to study bronze casting techniques and received her MFA in sculpture from Western Michigan University. Natella currently serves on the faculty at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University, South Bend
Walk under and around this sculpture. Sit down on its base and look up. Richard Hunt designed Rising Crossing Tides as a gateway to Krasl Art Center and the local community. The monumental sculpture that welcomes to you is intended to encourage you to interact with nature and the public art you find here!
The curvilinear forms of Rising Crossing Tides are an abstraction of the local environment. They might remind you of the wind or the waves of Lake Michigan as they crash against the bluff. Like waves, the shape of the sculpture lifts upward, which is a common theme in Hunt’s work. Hunt considers the way his sculptures take up space similar to the way birds or planes move through the air or fish move through water, often contributing to the wing-like shapes that make up his sculptures.
Richard Hunt started attending the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago in seventh grade and received his BAE from SAIC in 1957. In 1967, Hunt completed his first large scale public sculpture commission. This was the beginning of what Hunt calls “his second career,” when he began to work on sculpture that “responded to the specifics of architectural or other designed spaces and the dynamics of diverse communities and interests.”