By Jacob Mathias
Dozens braved the rain and mosquitoes to join in on the 5th annual Stevens Point Sculpture Park Summer Celebration.
The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is an evolving, living park, with art continually added each year through juried exhibitions, artists in residency programs and other events.
Elizabeth Wellso, co-chair of the park’s managing committee, said while some of the sculptures are permanent structures, most are on a three year rotation.
“Some of the sculptures are ephemeral which means they degrade over time,” said Wellso. “They’re created to only last a short period of time and then decompose.”
5 new sculptures debuted a the celebrations including “Three Graces” by Melanie Serkes of Philadelphia, “Infinite Decay” by Keith Kaziak of Wausau and “COC XIX,” “COC XVIII” and “COC XVII” by Luke Crawley and Quincy Owens of Indianapolis.
Scattered around the park were performance artists including the Voyageur Saxophone Quartet, poetry readings, dance performances by the Transcribing Dance Company, and Laughter Yoga.
Ben Zoltak, an artist from Lake Mills, Wis., was at the park to discuss his 2012 addition to the Sculpture Park, “Swift Nesting Wing.”
“It’s an 8000 pound bird habitat sculpture. It’s a durable, permanent piece. It’s a combination of providing a habitat for chimney swift birds,” said Zoltak. “I try to make it an artful thing using curved shapes and lots of colors to try and address public art in a way that is lively.”
Local artist Karolee Bulak was also on site to discuss her functional sculpture, “Healing Labyrinth.”
“I wanted to create a community project that was both for the community as well as for the community to be a part of as far as the creative process,” said Bulak. “I’ve got a background in art but I’m also a counselor so I combine art and healing. The idea was to create a space where people could come and enjoy the art and creativity but also use the labyrinth as a walking meditation.”
The Stevens Point Sculpture Park, opened in 2010, is a 20-acre site featuring woodlands, wetlands, ponds and prairie, is located on North Second Street on the Green Circle next to Zenoff Park, in Stevens Point. Its mission is to provide a welcoming and accessible outdoor venue for environmental arts exhibitions, activities, and educational programs.
The park is located at 900 North 2nd St. in Stevens Point and is open to the public year round. For more information visit www.stevenspointsculpturepark.org.