Art Center Announces Installation of Touched by the Sun PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 05:11
Art Center Announces Installation of
Touched by the Sun
The Sioux City Art Center is pleased to announce that the long-awaited installation of the sculpture Touched by the Sun, which was commissioned by the Art Center, will occur on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The installation will begin early in the morning and is expected to take several hours. The sculptor, Michael Dunbar of Springfield, Illinois, will be on site to oversee the operation.
 Touched by the Sun is a bronze sculpture measuring 14’ tall x 14’ wide x 12’ deep. Mr. Dunbar has been one of the Midwest’s most respected sculptors for over thirty years. His sculptures are distinguished by their impeccable craftsmanship and their ability to connect to a wide range of ideas related to exploration. Many have found references to historic nautical instruments, Space Age satellites, and other scientific devices—all carefully crafted with the precision of fine timepieces. The bronze sculpture will arrive in polished form, but is designed to shift in colors over the years as the weather and other environmental factors interact with the metal.
The process to bring this sculpture to Sioux City began more than two years ago, when the Art Center asked artists in the upper Midwest to submit their qualifications to create a large-scale sculpture for the Art Center’s lawn. Michael Dunbar was one of four finalists who created a site-specific model to propose for the site. He was awarded the commission in January 2012 and has been working hard in his studio and with the machinists who fabricate his precise sculptures.
Art Center Director Al Harris-Fernandez says, “I am excited by the arrival of Touched by the Sun. Michael Dunbar has done a masterful job of creating a sculpture that complements the beauty of the Art Center building, while maintaining a strong connection to his own unique style.”
The sculpture will be placed on a large, circular, concrete pedestal. Lighting has already been installed to allow the sculpture to be viewed at night. Additional landscaping elements will be placed to augment the setting for the sculpture.
This commission has been supported financially by the M. A. Martin Everist Foundation, with additional support provided by the Heffernan Fund, the Gilchrist Foundation, the City of Sioux City, and the Art Center Association of Sioux City.
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