Friday, July 23, 2010

Surls and Locke Sculptures Leave Laramie

Art Museum Chief Preparator Sterling Smith (left), UW Equipment Services Assistant Manager Russell Austin (center), Equipment Services employee Gordon Latimer (operating the forklift), and artist James Surls (right) load sculpture onto a trailer to be returned to the artists.

Two more sculptures have left the exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. Colorado artists James Surls and Charmaine Locke were in Laramie yesterday to assist with the de-installation of their work and to transport the work back to their studios. Surls' piece, In Circle, was located in Prexy's Pasture, and Locke's work, Open Book, was in front of the Albany County Public Library. Surl's work was bolted to concrete footers that had to be unfastened and the footers had to be dug back out of the ground. Locke's sculpture was affixed to a concrete pad, which had to be lifted and loaded with a forklift.

As with much of the work in the exhibition, these two pieces were on loan from the artists. Artists will often ask for their artwork to be returned for a variety of reasons, including needing it for another exhibition, the work was purchased, or the loan has expired.

Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational will continure to evolve as sculptures leave the exhibition, and new ones are added. Keep checking this blog, the Art Museum's facebook page, and the website, for up to date information. An updated driving and walking guide is now available online and at each of the sculpture locations.

Thank you to James Surls and Charmaine Locke for participating in the exhibition and for assisting with the de-installation. Thanks also to the UW Physical Plant crew who assisted yesterday, and to the Art Museum's preparators.

For more information on this or any other exhibition, please call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622.

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