Meet Claire Falkenstein: a sculptor whose monumental works in metal and glass grace public spaces all over Southern California. She once described one of her works (a piece for the phys ed building at Cal State Fullerton) as “metallic joy.”
Today is Shark Girl’s Buffalo birthday! Visit her at Canalside and share your photos with #SharkGirlBuffaloBday. Shark
Girl is the absurd, hilarious, and bittersweet creation of the artist Casey
Riordan Millard. While Shark Girl might appear sorrowful or lonely, there is
also a comic element to this “fish out of water.” Here, in Millard’s first
public sculpture, Shark Girl patiently waits, legs daintily crossed, hands
folded, for a companion to join her.
in nearly all of Millard’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Shark Girl was
originally conceived as the artist reflected upon the existential conundrums of
life, love, family, and loss. Shark Girl can be seen as Millard’s diversionary
tactic or as her mechanism for confronting the challenges of contemporary life. Shark
Girl’s yearnings and desires for normalcy and acceptance trigger equal parts
laughter and empathy. The boulder upon which she sits provides viewers with the
opportunity to bring the work to life by taking a seat and initiating a
friendship with this bizarre half-shark, half-girl.
work is part of the Public Art Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and
a product of the Public Art Initiative, an innovative partnership between the
Albright-Knox and Erie County established in 2013 to enhance our shared sense
of place and cultural identity in the urban and suburban landscapes of Western
New York. The city of Buffalo joined the partnership in 2014. The Initiative
promotes education about the arts through its Collection, related programming,
and creative partnerships.
the artist: Casey Riordan Millard earned her BFA from Ohio University in 1994.
Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including
those of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the University of Cincinnati, and Ohio
Brooklyn-based artist Tom Otterness creates whimsical bronze sculptures that double as awesome colossal playgrounds. Giant figures have ladders and slides built into their bodies. Many of them are surrounded by smaller sculptures of animals that are happily waiting to be climbed on. Otterness has been commissioned to create sculptures for parks, plazas, airports, libraries, museums, and a variety of other locations around the US and the world.
“I try to make work that speaks a common language that people understand, a visual language that doesn’t intimidate them,” says the artist. By casting each sculpture in the same cartoonish, jolly style, Otterness allows them to communicate universal ideas of fun and play that anyone can understand.
Happy birthday to Robert Indiana, the artist behind the iconic “LOVE” sculpture that stands near Philadelphia’s City Hall. Thanks to Indiana’s work, the location is famously (and affectionately) known as “Love Park.” How many of you have had your picture taken next to this beloved artwork?
Click here to explore another work from the artist, a screenprint called “Love Cross.”
Much as no one actually knows on what day Shakespeare was born, the exact date of Beethoven’s birth has also been lost to the sands of time. But we do know on what day he was baptized, December 17, 1770. At this time, a child was generally baptized the day after his birth, and so it is assumed that the great composer was born in Bonn on this date 244 years ago.
Beethoven is celebrated in Central Park with this lovely bust on the Mall at the Concert Grounds. The bust was donated to the Park by the German-American Choir Society–a group that frequently performed here–in 1884. The sculpture, which also includes a personification of the Genius of Music, stands on the location of the old cast iron bandstand that was demolished in the 1920s. The bandstand was replaced by the present Naumburg Bandshell in 1923, which is located where Beethoven once stood. There is a nearly identical sculpture of the much beloved composer in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The sculpture is cared for by Central Park Conservancy’s conservation team and was repatinated in 1992 to safeguard it from the elements.
Central Park is a work of art that contains many additional works of art, as well as performance spaces, both official and unofficial. Monuments celebrate poets, composers, writers, singers, and the one and only Bard.
Concerts, plays, recitals, they all take place within the Park’s 843-acres. Our events calendar, in addition to our new web feature, Things to See and Do, can help you find whatever you’re looking for ahead of time. Once you’re in the Park our app will tell you everything you need to know!