Downtown

Skyhook by Wayne Vaughn

SKY HOOK, WAYNE VAUGHN
Downtown Cleveland, Mississippi

With a venerable career in construction preceding his foray into welding and public art installations, Wayne Vaughn knows what it takes to work ”big” both in form and space. “It’s a very pleasing scale to me; I like to work big,” Vaughn admits. “I have the equipment and I know how to do it, so it’s the right decision for me.” His construction background also provides muse for Vaughn’s latest installation in Mississippi. “It’s a classic joke to all the new guys on a construction site, ‘Hey Newbie, go get me the sky hooks.’ The joke being there is no such thing, but sometimes when you just can’t reach something or get to something comfortably, you sure wish there was such a thing,” Vaughn laughs. “It’s a fun piece, whimsical. I’m pleased with how it turned out.”

Foo Dog Column by Glen Zweygardt

FOO DOG COLUMN, GLEN ZWEYGARDT
Downtown Cleveland, Mississippi

Glenn Zweygardt continues his long-standing relationship inside the Mississippi Delta with his installation of Foo Dog Column. This marks the second time Zweygardt has been included in an inaugural installation site, first in the Garden at Delta State in 1999 and now, on the downtown walking trail in Cleveland. Zweygardt has seven pieces featured in the Mathews-Sanders Sculpture Garden Permanent Collection, including the commissioned piece at the head of the Garden on campus, Pam Remembered. Set to turn 75 this year, Zweygardt is still producing new works and showing internationally. “Listen, if I’m able and fit and still have ideas for new pieces, I will be creating. There is no quit in this body and I don’t think I’ve said all I want to say as an artist,” he said. 

Sunburst by Hanna Jubran

SUNBURST, HANNA JUBRAN
Downtown Cleveland, Mississippi

Hanna Jubran is a Palestinian Arab Israeli sculptor, born in Jish, the upper Galilee, now residing in Grimesland, North Carolina. As a child in the mountains of Jish, he vividly remembers the “sun bursting over the mountains against the stark blue sky” and that precious childhood memory of his homeland serves as inspiration for his newest installation. Jubran’s work is expansive and his long, successful career has been marked with consistent themes. “My work addresses the concepts of time, movement, balance and space,” he explains. “I want each sculpture I create to occupy and create its own reality influenced by its immediate surroundings. I do not rely on one media to evoke the intended response. Instead, I take advantage of compatible materials such as wood, granite, iron, or – as in this case with Sunburst – steel and bronze.”

Flight by Matt Miller

 

FLIGHT, MATT MILLER
Downtown Cleveland, Mississippi

Hoping to capture the chaotic fervor with which a violinist plays his/her instrument, Matt Miller used mild steel to bring forth the worn patina aesthetic and stainless steel for “pops” of emphasis and impact in his 15ft creation, Flight. “I knew instantly what I wanted to do and my sketch for the piece was more so a grocery list of supplies,” he explains. “I wanted it to look like it was breaking apart or bowing into pieces because of that energy and command a musician has in playing this instrument. There is physicality in that delivery of music and sound, and there is physicality in my creation of this piece, in my work as a sculptor. I think there a lot of finish details that I would encourage the audience to notice and even think about their creation. Just slow down and let the piece speak to you. Find your connection to the piece.”

Broken Arrow by Lawson King

BROKEN ARROW, LAWSON KING
Downtown Cleveland, Mississippi

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Lawson King is a newcomer to the world of sculpture and public art; but his debut piece is both emotionally riveting and deeply personal. As a junior art major at Delta State University in 2015, King, like the entire collective campus, was shook by the murder of beloved Professor Ethan Schmidt on September 14. “I lost my father at a young age to the hands of gun violence and when that happened on campus, when we were locked down, unsure of what was happening, I knew I was scared and that brought back a lot of emotion. Creating Broken Arrow was my way of paying tribute to Dr. Schmidt and his love of Native American history, but I think it was also a reaction to that emotion. It was how I processed and, as I’ve continued to talk to people about this piece, I’m learning my art is helping to heal. It’s a salve to our campus community, Cleveland; and that is powerful and also extremely humbling,” King shares.