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Burlington City Arts

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

 
 

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.

Jason Hackenwerth: Micro-Macro

In this solo exhibition, internationally exhibited artist Jason Hackenwerth explored extremes of scale with his monumental, site-specific latex balloon sculptures and intricate kinetic works.

Uncharted Territories

Uncharted Territories investigated themes of abstract cartography, adventure, the relationships between personal and physical exploration and the human need to discover.

Human = Landscape

This exhibition explored the future of Vermont’s landscape grappling with the aesthetic challenges of a carbon-constrained world. Posing such questions as: how might an energy-sustainable, rural landscape of the future look? what defines a landscape as “beautiful” or “ugly”? how have notions of natural beauty changed over time?

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