Frank L. Beach Memorial Fountain, International Rose Test Garden, Washington Park, Portland, © Lee Kelly (photo found at Artscatter.com)
For years my kids as well as a lot of others (big and little) have found so much fun in running and walking thru the Fountain at the Rose Garden. It is a beautiful piece of interactive public Art not only to sit and listen to the calming waters or hearing the giggles of children running thru and around it but the surrounding views of the Beautiful Rose Garden and vistas of Downtown and Mt. Hood, on a sunny day is everything that makes Oregon so lovely :)
I am very passionate about Public Art. I feel very strongly that Art should be available to EVERYONE where they live and play or work and study, Lee Kelly has gone a long way to make that possible in the Northwest. I am eternally grateful. :)
I have been a fan of Lee Kelly's work for a long time. There is one of his sculptures on the campus of the college I studied at and I would often sketch it and I wrote a glowing critique once too. This was 20 years ago before I really knew who Lee Kelly was. I have been Lee Kelly sculpture spotting around the State of Oregon ever since. So, fast forward to the beginning of 2010 when I eventually have the guts to be introduced to Lee at a Gallery Reception. He is such a nice person and even though he was swamped with people milling around requesting intros he took time to talk to my Hubby and I. Long story short in June he invited me out to his property and workshop for a personal guided tour. You have to know that this was the highlight of my year! (ok, so was my son's graduation from college but you get my point, right :)
I was in awe, not only by the beauty and size and diversity of the sculptures on his property in tranquil settings but also the sentiment and creative process behind them.
It is a day I will never forget. Thanks, Lee :)
Are there any public pieces of Art where you live that inspire you?
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Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.