The Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden, located on Bushnell Plaza (at the corner of Gold Street & Main Street) is a collaboration between the Bushnell Plaza Association, the iQuilt Partnership and Joan Hurwit, the creator of the sculpture garden at the Governor’s executive residence.
Objects in the Bushnell Park Sculpture Garden were created, transported and installed by Connecticut artists, all at no charge.
Currently on View in the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden
Amboseli, Denis Curtis, Kent, CT
Kent native Denis Curtiss developed a kinship with wood and metal during an apprenticeship restoring fine antiques. Denis has shown his award-winning sculptures in juried shows, galleries and museums across New England. He has worked in a variety of media since the early 1970’s, and in 1976 he began teaching art, and studying it, all around the world -- in Europe, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. Amboseli reflects his admiration for the beauty of animals.
Carol Kreeger Davidson used as many materials as possible when she created Reconstructed Issues. She wanted to see if they would speak with their own voices or could harmonize and become one. The two sections of this piece can be moved into different positions or reconstructed entirely, changing the relationships between the forms, shapes, and materials: bronze, stainless steel, aluminum and teak.
This object explores themes that were central to Kreeger Davidson’s work as a sculptor. Angular stainless steel trees with delicate leaf stencils, the imposing middle figure and the cut-out base show the relationship between created forms and those found in the natural world.
Gesture Yin & Yang, Joe Gitterman, Washington Depot, CT
Joe Gitterman’s works are greatly influenced by the human body, specifically the shapes, gestures and momentary poses created by dancers. Through observation and sketches, he conceives an image of a motion and attempts to infuse that motion into three-dimensional objects using marble, plaster, clay, copper, sheet metal, wax, bronze, aluminum and mirrored stainless steel. He shapes, balances, and captures the potential energy that makes each of his sculptures visually and spatially engaging.
Rule Segment (Red), Peter Kirkiles, South Kent, CT
Peter Kirkiles' Rule Segment (Red) was among the first works installed in the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden. Rule Segment (Red) is made from white oak and stainless steel, and the graduations on the rule are full-scale, a one-to-one proportion. Scale is a central theme in Kirkiles work, which has been exhibited at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Hubert Gallery, The Tremaine Gallery at Hotchkiss, and in the Sculpture Garden at the Governor's Residence.
Peacocks, Michael McLaughlin, Torrington, CT
McLaughlin’s bronze sculptures aren't limited to birds, but it is a prevalent theme in his work. He's sculpted peacocks, hummingbirds, pelicans, woodpeckers, cranes and owls, as well as other animals. His works are “often allegorical narratives relating the harmony and interdependence found in nature,” according to Pamela Siemon of the Fenn Gallery of Contemporary Art. McLaughlin’s work can be seen in the Sculpture Garden at the Governors Mansion and at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Mandala, Francis Patnande
Offspring, Edwin Salmon
David Skora, New Hartford, CT
Samurai Series #9, Jonathan Waters, Torrington, CT
Jonathan Waters created his Samurai series to explore the visual and physical relationship of static structure and fluid form through dissimilar materials. Incorporating line and plane, his sculptures are essentially dimensional drawings in space, constructed in the moment. Meant to convey the energy of their making, all are similar, yet different, and each is individual to its installation site.
Unparallel Way No. 3, Emily Weiskopf, Farmington, CT
Unparallel Way interprets life’s ups-and-downs in a true state of mind. It is a humorous twist on the yellow line that is supposed to “take you there.’ It holds open the nature of the paths people follow and the landscape that it creates. Weiskopf’s large-scale site-specific works directly relate to the installation site through their formal interaction with the grounds.
Maynooth 2010, Tom Doyle, Roxbury, CT
Tom Doyle has worked with wood for most of his life. Influences seen in Doyle’s work reflect the works of 19th-century bridge builders and abstract expressionist artists, particularly Franz Kline. He cuts and carves shapes that relate to the forms taken by trees as they react to the forces of nature, and begins each cut freely, without any preconception as to the final form a sculpture will take or become.
Previously Installed Works:
Suncatcher, Mundy Hepburn
Song of the Falls Water’s Scrin #5, Ann Mallory, Woodbury, CT
Y-Livia, Bradford McDougall
Baroque Composition, David Skora, New Hartford, CT
Bent, David Skora, New Hartford, CT
Black & Red, David Skora, New Hartford, CT
Urban Totems, Brian C. Walters, II, Bethel, CT