with artist, Jim Weitzel
The Public Art League proudly welcomes Loop by artist Jim Weitzel (Forest City, NC) to Mattis Park in Champaign. Loop is a sculpture made on a wire armature that is covered with bonding cement onto which the artist has incised small marks and then applied stain. The sculpture is filled with high-density foam for added strength and to stop water migration.
Of Loop, the artist states: "The sculpture is about energy; there is the energy of all those small marks and then my goal was to make the arms of the sculpture appear to emerge from the earth and show how the energy is disrupted until it can make the final loop back around and re-enter the ground."
"I saw this sculpture in a dream. In the dream, it was composed of maybe thirty sections that formed a circle and was flowing water. This piece is my effort to realize that vision in a three-dimensional form. The sculpture was created of a few years' time and completed in 2015."
"This is, of course, a metaphor for our lives and the human struggle. All the energy that it takes to be a person and how we have fits and starts until we close the loop and become truly human."
A big thanks to James Barham and Barham Benefit Group for the site sponsorship of this piece.
by Jim Weitzel