Burlington City Arts

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



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


Combat Paper

Combat Paper featured Vermont artists and Iraq war veterans Jon Turner, Drew Cameron, Eli Wright and members of the Combat Paper Project who transformed the gallery into a functioning papermaking studio.