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Burlington City Arts

Leap Froggers

Church Street Marketplace
1986, copper
 
Commissioned by the Church Street Marketplace Business Association, this whimsical piece exemplifies the subjective nature of public art – some love it, some don’t. In June of 2002, vandals stole most of the statue, leaving behind only two feet. The Marketplace and concerned residents raised money over the course of the summer, rescued the missing figures and restored the Leap Froggers to their original stature.
Photo by Michael Weizenegger

 
 

Kiss #2

235 College Street (Fletcher Free Library)
1981, corten steel
 
Kiss #2 was installed during the construction of the Fletcher Free Library’s addition. The architect thought that it suggested a “hinge” between the new addition and the existing library and offered Kate Pond her first public art commission in Burlington. Dedicated to Helen Robins, former trustee of the library, the piece was sponsored by McAuliffes Paper Company and built with donations of steel from Edgecomb Steel, Vermont Structural Steel and Hazelett Strip Casting Company.
 

 
 

Archways

235 College Street (Fletcher Free Library)
1988, metal and plexiglas
 
This piece was made for the H.O. Wheeler School during a North End Beautification Project. Appropriately placed, Archways symbolizes the doorways of learning.

 

 
 

Millennium Sculpture

173 College Street (City Hall Park)
1999, granite, stainless steel
 

 
 

Threshold

135 Church Street (BCA Center)
2002, steel
 
With the design and construction of the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, Burlington City Arts designated 1% of its budget towards public art. Kate Pond’s foot grate Threshold represents one of several pieces on display in the Firehouse, each closely connected to the building’s architecture or design. Threshold’s design emphasizes the building’s details and reorganizes them into an abstracted steel artpiece that is integrated into the main entrance of the building.

Photo by Fred Stetson

 
 

Deer and Bear Fountains

149 Church Street (City Hall)
1982, bronze
 
Frank Stout originally proposed two abstracted female forms for this location, but the Mayor and the finance board of the City Council rejected the proposal as unrecognizable and inappropriate subject matter. Stout responded by turning in another “realistic” proposal of the Deer and Bear sculptures that now flank the entrance of City Hall. One could say that the subjectmatter references Vermont’s commitment to protecting its natural habitats through environmental laws.

Photo by Michael Weizenegger

 
 

Democracy

199 Main Street
1990, granite
 
This piece was commissioned by Ray Pecor with the development of the Courthouse Plaza. The concept for the piece clearly focuses on the purpose of the courthouse – seeking justice through democracy. The theme of democracy as a “puzzle” reflects the events of the early 1990’s, as the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the disassembly of the Soviet Union brought the possibility of democracy to two countries in need of “puzzle solving.”

Photo by Michael Weizenegger

 
 

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