Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Triumph" - Celebrating Another Great Year of Public Art

by Benjamin Pierce (Cape Girardeau, MO)

The Public Art League is pleased to welcome "Triumph" by Benjamin Pierce (Cape Girardeau, MO) to the breezeway of the M2 Building in downtown Champaign.  The sculpture was constructed from welded steel and stands 9' tall.

"Triumph" is the most recent sculpture for Pierce within a series of work titled "balance."  In the series, the artist tries to focus on form and material more than ever.  The center oculus captures space and creates a window for the viewer to look through.  The artist states: "We live in a society that has forgotten how to enjoy our surroundings, with our faces always in a laptop or a smart phone it's difficult to be able to stop and smell the roses.  My hope for this work is to capture someone's attention long enough for them to see something unexpected through my sculpture."

The Public Art League would like to thank Councilmember Marci Dodds, Cody Sokolski, and One Main Development for the site sponsorship of this piece.