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March Issue 2003
Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC, Features Exhibition of Functional Art Objects
Chairs, Coins and Candlesticks: Sculpture in Everyday Life, an exhibit that combines function with art, is on view in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawley's Island, SC, through Aug. 10, 2003.
The exhibit will feature nearly 100 three-dimensional objects that are not only artistic, but useful as well - things we interact with every day, such as gates, furniture, coins, trophies, military medals, jewelry and toys. These objects are the creations of serious sculptors, many represented in the Brookgreen collection, who utilize their creative talents and technical skills to augment their artistic work.
"Sculptors are called upon to create many kinds of designs in three-dimensional form," said Robin Salmon, vice president and curator of sculpture at Brookgreen. "Some sculptors refer to this aspect of their work as 'bread and butter' - projects that allow them to make ends meet between other commissions. Others are honorary commissions, such as military medals and commemorative coins, given to sculptors of great merit. And sometimes these objects are creative fantasy - something the sculptor does for himself, for the pure pleasure of it. The exhibit will present these utilitarian objects as sculpture."
Works from the past will be exhibited alongside contemporary pieces. Some items will be from the Brookgreen collection, but many will be on loan.
Pieces will include the original Brookgreen Gardens gates, wrought iron chairs from Anna Hyatt Huntington, bronze doorknockers and wall hooks from Sandy Scott, gold jewelry by Grainger McKoy and Marshall Fredericks, the Heisman Trophy by Frank Eliscu, the National Basketball Association MVP Trophy from Marc Mellon, blown glass goblets by Milon Townsend, the Buffalo Nickel by James Earle Fraser, bronze candlesticks from Tony Hochstetler, and the Mickey Mouse telephone designed by Carter Jones.
For more information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call 843/235-6000 or on the web at (www.brookgreen.org).
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