Public invited to see installation of sculpture in Utica’s Palmer Park

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UTICA — PrattMWP College of Art and Design will host, “That Place in the Stars,” a large graceful sculpture by Vermont artist Christopher Curtis, who is conducting a 1,500-mile tour of the sculpture from April through May.

On route from Vermont to Oklahoma, the sculpture will be erected for viewing at PrattMWP College of Art and Design on Thursday, April 21 beginning at noon. The public is welcome to visit the campus to see the unique installation in Palmer Park. The sculpture tour is stopping at a few select locations ending with an exhibit at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, Okla.

“That Place in the Stars” has a slender spire pointing dramatically to the sky intersected by a graceful, grounded arch. It measures an impressive 24-feet, by 21-feet, by 7-feet. Curtis has been working on the piece for two years for a collector in Tulsa.

Born in Stowe, Vt., Curtis has been creating sculpture for nearly 50 years. During his career he has worked primarily in stone, but is now creating works in stainless steel and bronze, where his intent is to “seek forms that resonate with beauty and emotion.”

“As far as I know, this is the first tour of its kind,” said Curtis. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity share my art and interact with students at PrattMWP. I hope they’ll find this project interesting, and I look forward to talking with them about not only this sculpture, but the arc of my life from student to now.”

Curtis will transport the sculpture with his crane truck and trailer and install it at several venues along the route to Oklahoma. PrattMWP College of Art and Design is the second stop following the opening exhibit at The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt.

Additional tour stops include the vibrant Public Market in Rochester, sponsored by The Yards, an artists’ collective; the Wade Oval Stage in the heart of the University Circle Park in Cleveland surrounded by the Cleveland Museum of Art, Symphony Hall, Natural History museum and other arts institutions; and the historic Cincinnati Observatory, the “birthplace of American astronomy.” The final stop on the tour will be an exhibit at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., after which the sculpture will be permanently installed at the collector’s home.

For more information about the tour visit www.sculpturetour2022. Additional information about Christopher Curtis is available at www.christophercurtis.com.

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