Briefs: OA Art on the Corner April 10, 2009
SCULPTURE: “Paternity” is on the south side of the 300 block of Main Street, in front of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
ARTIST: Nick Russotto of Grand Junction.
DESCRIPTION: The Colorado yule marble sculpture is about 16 inches tall and shaped in a combination of rounded edges and fine lines. It is polished smooth to the touch. The subtly carved human figure is crouched over as it holds a much smaller rounded figure. The two are nose to nose, in a tender snuggle — a father and child.
INSPIRATION: “For 20 years I was raising two children — a boy and a girl. I did a role switch. I was a remodeling contractor that needed a break and my wife was an MD. This is dedicated to all daddies that change diapers of babies.
“So many men now are bringing up their children. I see them at the park all the time with strollers and backpacks. I was a pioneer in that. I started in 1990. After 20 years of the good, bad and in between ... of course my sculpting bloomed during that time.
“The sculpture reflects the affection a father has for children. It’s the first time that I truly sculpted something that came out of my heart.”
PAST ENTRIES: There’s a sharp contrast between the tenderness of “Paternity” and Russotto’s previous sculptures: 2007’s “Sauros,” a fierce dinosaur hovering over its killed prey; and 2006’s “Rocky Mountain Power,” a mountain lion poised to pounce.