"Il Segreto" means "the secret" – in this case, the truth (represented by the fish) which must be shielded from people who cannot handle it.
The two elements of this piece evoke the nature of education: We give students a solid grounding, and send them out into the world to discover and create.
Start from a solid foundation, and we can build amazing things.
Izar's soaring lines and energy are well suited to the entrance to the Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport.
This updated take on classical tradition refers to Melpomene, the muse of tragedy.
When springtime's green finally arrived in the sculptor's childhood home, it gave him "a strong, secure feeling of being harbored by strong arms" – of warmth, and endless generosity and mercy.
This work honoring all who serve, "past present and future," faces the Newport News Police Headquarters.
This piece is about the strength of human relationships and the space and energy that unite and drive us.
A hospital is a fitting place for a piece the artist says is about "the healing power of beauty, of hope and of creation and, above all, about 'The Spirit of Life.'"
"A centaur," the sculptor says, "unites the physical power of a horse with the emotional power of a man."
Take a tour of the sculpture in Newport News — with the sculptors as your guide.
NNPAF has over a dozen projects completed and many more in various planning stages.
A brand new sculpture by Gunther Stilling coming to City Center in the spring of 2013.
By bringing works of art by eminent sculptors from around the world, and installing them throughout the city where the public can enjoy them, the Public Art Foundation helps make Newport News an appealing place to live, work and visit.
The sculptures speak to us, about the men and women who created them, about how the art was made and got to Newport News, and about the individuals or organizations that played a part in making it happen. We hope that as you explore this site, you enjoy the stories that unfold in pictures and words – including recordings of the artists telling the stories themselves.
Gunther Stilling's Handshake, a striking new landmark for the Peninsula's "central business district," was unveiled Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the traffic circle on Thimble Shoals Boulevard at the entrance to City Center and followed by a reception at Virginia Company Bank. Read the Daily Press article about the unveiling and watch the 13News story.
Workers install Lee Tribe’s abstract creation on Warwick Boulevard; the wide median between Yates Elementary and Peninsula Memorial Park is a good place for a piece that gives the intangible of time a three-dimensional presence, with sweeping arcs, busy intervals, and a shape with no beginning and no end. Making it happen required a lot of partners, so thanks to Advex Corporation, Hampton Roads Crane & Rigging, Cable Associates, engineer George Cornwell, Peninsula Memorial Park, Advanced Electrical, Stan Cairns and John Cryer Concrete for their help. While this newest piece of public art is located on public land, it is funded by private donations.
In October 2012, María Gamundí introduced Newport News to a model of Selene, the lovely, serene creation that will soon take up residence in Kettle Pond, overlooking the James River. Gamundí, one of the foremost figurative sculptors working today, met with the community and talked with students at Christopher Newport University, the LifeLong Learning Society at CNU and Hampton Roads Academy. Now back in Pietrasanta, Italy, she will begin working on a larger-than-life version of Selene in Carrara marble mined near her studio.
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The Newport News Public Art Foundation is grateful for the support of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts