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City of Westfield to introduce Herron student's park sculpture with Meet the Artist event


July 23, 2012

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A new sculpture by Herron School of Art and Design senior Katey Bonar now graces the entrance to Asa Bales Park in downtown Westfield.

The city’s Grand Junction Task Group commissioned the work, titled "Passaggio," through Herron’s Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life.

The public is invited to a Meet the Artist event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the sculpture in the park, 205 W. Hoover St.

Three, 13-foot columns comprise the main sculpture of Bonar’s work. The columns are fabricated from steel tubing covered by polyurethane foam with a fiberglass skin and joined by concentric rings of steel tubing suspended inside the columns at the top. Near the columns are two ring groupings made of thermoplastic, flanking a sidewalk.

The name "Passaggio" references a passageway or turning point in a journey, which brings together the emphasis of history, present and future. "Passaggio" functions as an entry way, but also as a space for visitors to explore and experience as part of the park itself.

“I feel like opening an art piece like this in Westfield gives an opportunity for residents to reflect on the past, as well as to examine where they are now and where they want to be in the future, both collectively and personally,” Bonar said.

All of the visual cues in "Passaggio" relate to natural visual patterns that reflect time passing. According to Bonar, the concentric ring patterns mirror the growth rings in trees. The columns’ ridges and grooves echo eroded landmasses or stratified geologic forms. The pavilion rings overhead are a way to examine the potential of looking up to the sky as an intangible place and as a possible map of things to come. In the two thermoplastic ring groupings, viewers have the opportunity to trace history.

Bonar will be available to discuss the sculpture and the details behind the meaning during the Meet the Artist event. The city is encouraging residents to make an evening of it by stopping at the weekly Farmers Market on their way to the park across the street.

About the Basile Center
The Frank and Katrina Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life is Herron’s laboratory for applying the talents and skills of Herron students and faculty to the needs of businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. It connects artists in all media with community partners who are interested in providing real-world and professional practice experiences through public art commissions, art and design competitions, and civic engagement opportunities.