Exhibition: Suspension: Balancing Art, Nature, and Culture
- Sculptures by Jerzy "Jotka" Kędziora
Schiller Park | Livingston Park | Thurber Park | The Main Library
Columbus, Ohio, USA
October 2019 - March 2020
Friends of Schiller Park, the Art & Balance Foundation and the artist invite you to the next exhibition of balancing sculptures in the United States. This time, the extremely hospitable city of Columbus in Ohio exhibits over 20 artist works in several city parks.
The central place of the exhibition is picturesque Schiller Park located in the magnificent historic district of German Village. The exhibition is a feature of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the park. Visitors are able to see 19 works here - including "Rower" who balances on a pond, several "Athletes" from the latest balancer cycle, as well as gymnasts, acrobats, and sculptures referring to antiquity.
The Schiller presentation, which is a small retrospective of the artist’s, was planned along the main path circling the park - a former road for nineteenth-century carriages surrounding the whole green area. Thanks to this positioning, the sculptures can be admired throughout the park, and those lucky enough to live in the beautifully restored homes adjacent to the park are able to enjoy the works from their windows.
The balancers were installed to be embedded in the fabric of the city, benefiting from multiple perspectives and backgrounds – the botanical green, patches of sky, and both historic and contemporary architecture.
Two sculptures are presented in Thurber Park (named in honor of James Thurber, one of the most important American writers and artists of the 20th century), a circular greenspace placed in the middle of a boulevard in The Jefferson Avenue Historic District, and in Livingston Park, which is located at the entrance to the enormous Nationwide Children's Hospital campus. The last sculpture of the exhibition in Columbus can be seen in the atrium of the handsome Carnegie Library.
“The Friends of Schiller Park are honored to bring this remarkable collection of works to some of the most beloved spaces in Columbus,” said Katharine Moore, Trustee. “Kędziora has achieved international success with his public art. The blend of social consciousness, classically beautiful sculptures, and kinetic energy is stop-you- in-your-tracks stunning. There is something other-worldly about the experience of bringing an exhibit of this caliber to Columbus, Ohio. We like to imagine how we will look on the list of exhibit sites next to Art Basel Miami and the Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial!”
The artist and the team of the Art & Balance Foundation express special thanks to Katharine Moore for her huge contribution to the organization of the exhibition and positive energy! We also thank Paul and Gary for their sense of humor and extraordinary hospitality. :)