New Fields Project public sculpture competition announced

New Fields Project public sculpture competition announced

The Fields Project with inBronze Foundry, Mt. Morris has announced a unique public sculpture competition with a value to the artist in excess of $15,000 as part of the Sixth Annual Fields Project Sculpture Competition. Professional sculptors exhibiting at the Fields Project Festival in Mix Park on June 27, will be eligible to submit a maquette (a scale model) of their vision of a 7-foot tall sculpture. The Fields Project jury will judge maquettes on Aug. 31, and the winning, full-size composition will be completed for dedication at the Seventh Annual Fields Project Festival in June 2005.

Eleven professional sculptors have entered this competition for the chance to do work on such a large scale. The prize award for the sculptor is substantial, with a cash prize of $2,000 and a high-quality rubber mold of the completed piece. The completed piece will be cast using the lost wax method and placed on permanent public display in Oregon.

Jeff Adams, owner of inBronze Foundry and sculptor of “Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate,” said “As the Statue of Liberty defines New York City, I believe public sculpture contributes to a community’s public image and forms a rallying point for the community.” He continues, “inBronze Foundry will be casting the finished sculpture at no cost as our way of continuing to contribute to the artistic and sculptural heritage of the area.”

The compositions must relate to both art and agriculture, consistent with the theme of the Fields Project. Steve Hammer, co-coordinator of the Fields Project, said, “I hope this competition will capture the beauty of our agricultural landscape to be shared for generations to come.”

The Fields Project is a nine-day, multi-faceted event designed to celebrate and encourage the unique, century-long marriage of art and agriculture in rural Ogle County, Illinois. The Fields Project objectives are to focus public attention on art and agriculture; introduce visiting artists to the historic setting and activity of the Eagles’ Nest Art Colony, which thrived here from 1898 to 1942; and create new relationships and understanding between artists and farm families. For more information, call (815) 732-2385 or visit the Fields Project Web site

Oregon, has long been recognized as a community with a rich sculptural heritage including the “Eternal Indian” (Black Hawk) sculpture by Lorado Taft and the more recent “Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate” by Jeff Adams. These two monuments, along with Lorado Taft’s “The Blind,” “The Soldiers Monument,” “The Fish Boys” fountain, and sculptor David Seagraves’ stone carving of “The Holy Family,” are included in Oregon’s Sculpture Trail brochure. For more information on the Fields Project Sculpture Competition, contact inBronze Foundry at (815) 734-7578.

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