Centennial Sculpture Park


[construction sounds]>>MARJORIE SEARL: We had long felt that there
was great potential in our grounds. We had some really distinguished pieces of sculpture,
and we thought: “well, you know, there’s a lot more space here to do something with it.”
And then there were many of us on staff and many people in the community who felt that
the existence of the fence kept people out, gave people a sense that they weren’t welcome,
and it was really the complete reverse that we were trying to say. We knew our centennial
was coming up and we thought, you know, this could be the perfect opportunity for us to
accomplish our goals of expanding the outdoor sculpture on our grounds and having our grounds
be more integrated with the surrounding neighborhood.>>JIM DURFEE: The official dedication of
this sculpture park is one of the highlights of our centennial year. By opening up our
grounds to the community and commissioning four site-specific sculptures, we’ve created
a unique urban gathering space and one of the finest installations of public art in
the Northeast.>>GRANT HOLCOMB: Go back 100 years: October
the 8th of 1913, when this building was opened. Emily Sibley Watson wanted an art museum “for
the edification and enjoyment of the people, citizens of Rochester.” Well today, almost
100 years later, we open, we dedicate a new centennial sculpture park thanks to your efforts
and your generosity.>>JIM DURFEE: Three, two, one, CUT! [applause]>>ALBERT PALEY: 100 years ago, the landscape
design was done and basically that’s the way it was. What’s happened over the 100 years
is you have the maturity of the trees, but the basic plan is the same. This is a total
transformation – the whole park. Obviously the main core of the museum is in the collections
inside, but here, by moving outdoor sculpture, it expands their exposure to the community
tremendously with the dedication of this park.>>WENDELL CASTLE: When you make a piece that
the gallery sells to somebody, I may not even know who that somebody is, and it’s going
off and it’s gonna be in their house, I guess. I’ll never see it again or know where it is.
This I can visit anytime I want and so can everybody else.>>Keep twisting on the head!>>TOM OTTERNESS: Oh, it’s beautiful to see!
I mean, I was so used to seeing construction sites and yellow tape, and it’s great to see
it in use. It’s terrific to see people hanging out the way I hoped they would – sitting in
the benches and climbing on the pieces in the back and families coming and touching
the bronzes. All that: that’s the real reward for me. I’m really honored to be in this place
– to be at the entrance, this kind of bridge, between the museum and the community, and
the museum’s fabulous collection is something I really feel honored to be associated with.>>JACKIE FERRARA: I love it, I love it! And
part of the thing with the public garden, it’s really very much about the place and
understanding, for me, what I think is important about the place.>>MARJORIE SEARL: Almost no matter what time
of day or night that I’m walking the grounds, I see people coming through and stopping and
looking and engaging, and I see families coming here to be around the art in a way that they
never did before. Our mission is connecting people with art, and we feel that this extends
the mission greatly. [bell chimes] A production of the University of Rochester.
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  • Joseph Cooper

    I just posted a Grounds for Sculptures video and noticed you had a sculpture park video as well.  Nice Job!    Here’s the link to the one I posted:  http://youtu.be/idNZkqRkVvs  Enjoy!    -Joseph

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