Art on the Corner: ‘What the World Needs Now’

“What the World Needs Now” by Sherill Stone of Carbondale.

SCULPTURE: “What the World Needs Now” is in front of The Current on the south side of the 300 block of Main Street.

ARTIST: Sherill Stone of Carbondale,

DESCRIPTION: The sculpture was created from Kansas limestone and features elegant, subtle heart shapes that flow the length of the tower. The flowing motion gives the impression of silk ribbon in a breeze or soft pleats in a cloth.

INSPIRATION: “I’ve been doing little hearts and people like them,” Stone said. “I had this big tower ... it was kind of whimsical and I was originally going to put the heart on the top. The curves I made, all of a sudden, started becoming hearts,” she said.

“It’s a tower of power — it was what the world needed. It’s from my heart to the world, embracing everything as it is, and looking toward a more peaceful earth. That’s what this one really conveyed to me, we need to have an open heart for all regardless of appearance.”

Visit Art on the Corner’s Facebook page to hear Stone’s audio interpretation of the piece.

PAST ENTRIES: Previous Art on the Corner sculptures by Stone are “Clorese” in 2009 (now in the permanent exhibit), “Fish out of Water” and “Love of a Child” in 2007, “Meridian” in 2005, “Swan” and “Metamorphosis” (now in the permanent exhibit) in 2004 and “A Flower for Jeanie” in 2003.


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