Burlington City Arts

Big Joe Burrell

Church Street Marketplace Top Block
2010,  Bronze

After more than 5 years of community planning and fundraising, Big Joe Burrell was unveiled in front of Halvorson’s Upstreet Café on June 4th, 2010 for the opening night of the Discover Jazz Festival. Sharp based the statue on a photo of Burrell taken in by artist Josef Cernikovsky. The site was selected because Big Joe performed regularly at Halvorson’s on Thursday evenings in the last years of his life. The commemorative sculpture is a permanent reminder of his unforgettable contribution to music in Vermont.


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.



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



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