Burlington City Arts

Three Children

38 S. Winooski Avenue (First Congregational Church)
1968, corten steel
This piece was commissioned and donated by Dr. and Mrs. John French, members of the congregation, in appreciation of the Christian teachings presented to the children of the church. Paul Aschenbach initiated his career as a liturgical artist. Many of his early pieces can be found in churchyards or religious sites.


Silver School

149 Bank Street (Key Bank Plaza, off St. Paul Street)
1989, stainless steel
This piece was commissioned by the Bank of Vermont. Terry Boyle, the landscape architect for the small park where these fish reside, asked Kate Pond to create a piece that would provide a sense of intimacy for the setting. Kate chose fish as the subject for the fountain because of its proximity to the lake. The sisterpiece to this fountain, Skyway, is a flock of seagulls and can be seen at Kate’s studio at S.T. Griswold Company.


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