Sculpture at L.W. Beecher School
June 18th, 2018
Two primary sculptural elements express the spirit of this urban elementary school. At the entrance is a sixteen foot high caryatid created from laser-cut steel forms that are attached to the inclined column supporting the entrance canopy.
Intended as a “collage”, its transformation from random pieces to a figure is revealed, an open invitation to the students to try similar for themselves.
The other sculptural theme is a frieze of dancing children and the occasional teacher which encircles the entire school. Mostly made of aluminum and sometimes in glass as they traverse the windows, their reflectivity and shadows continually animate the facades of the school.
They occupy an architrave of folded pediments, each fold a classroom. In this way, a classical element is re-interpreted to find new expression.