‘Symphony of Movement’ public art comes to Quinn’s Junction
October 16, 2015
Although Colorado-based sculptor Joshua Wiener hadn’t been to Park City until earlier this year, he had emotional connection to Park City. His wife Thea used to live here and the couple has a group of friends that still do.
So, Wiener is honored that his new public installation, "Symphony of Movement," which features a series of aluminum posts, is now standing at Quinn’s Junction, thanks to the Park City Municipal Corporation’s Public Art Advisory Board.
The board had sent out a call for artists last year. Wiener replied and was selected as the commissioned artist.
He’s even touched that the art is on exhibit near the base of the National Ability Center, the Park City Medical Center and the People’s Health Clinic.
"I’m honored to be part of the Park City collection and I was really excited to hear of its proximity to the different athletic and medical organizations," Wiener said during a telephone interview with The Park Record. "My father is in a wheelchair and my brother is soon to be and it means a lot to me. Growing up I coached basketball and soccer and this is something that has been a source for my creativity. There’s a sense of awareness you get from your body that is the result of the quick response to the environment."
Wiener likes working with aluminum because of its strength and appearance.
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"I want everything I do to look great for as long as possible," he said. "Aluminum is a great, durable and non-corrosive material. It’s nice and stable, whereas other material is more vulnerable and can break down over time.
"A lot of my work is in stainless steel or stone, but aluminum was the right material for this one," Wiener said. "I wanted the finish that conducts light the way it does and wanted it to be a lasting marker for the space."
Wiener, who has created public art for areas in Florida, Washington, Oregon, California and Colorado, said some of his projects are really "outside the box."
However, the installation for Park City, on the other hand, was relatively straightforward.
"Each pole is about 50 pounds. While aluminum isn’t that heavy, it did get a little unwieldy, when these things are 20 feet long."
Another advantage he had with this project was the help he received.
"The excavator for the project was a friend of a friend and came through in a major way for me, and another friend of a friend put me and three guys up for eight days," he said. "Since I had never been out there, to go and spend time and get up on the mountain was great. I would love to come back with my wife and kids, because Park City is an exquisite place."
Wiener’s introduction to visual art stemmed from his mother.
"She is a sculptor who started a stone sculpting school, and I knew I wanted to be part of the art community before I even started making stuff," he said. "I liked interacting with artists and I liked being around people who pushed around material and thought deeply."
Using art as a vehicle of communication was his biggest draw.
"Art does this in ways that are very outside everyday thinking," Wiener said. "I think you’re able to communicate in a more rooted fashion, where it’s more emotional and spiritual.
"I wanted to create things that would inspire people, but also be able to do it in an environment where people don’t have to go out to a museum to have an artistic experience," he said. "That’s why I’m drawn to public spaces."
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