Art on the Corner: ‘Discussion Group’
SCULPTURE: “Discussion Group” is in the 200 block of Main Street, in front of Edward Jones, on the south side.
ARTIST: Damian Radice of Grand Junction, damianradice.com
DESCRIPTION: Four different figures are represented in bronze. Each has a distinct head and whimsically shaped body, with bare feet and detailed toes carved below.
They vary in shape — tall and skinny, short and rotund. The tallest has upwardly shaped hair and is pointing, as if to make its point. Another shape has longer, red-toned hair and is looking up at the tall one. The short, rotund figure has wild, spiky hair and is facing the fourth figure, who wears a long braid, tucked under a scarf or hat.
INSPIRATION: The sculpture’s inspiration initially was a discussion that Radice had with his father-in-law about meetings he attended when he was working at university when it was predominately women in the group.
“There was a lot more said on different levels, but when you got to the end of the discussion of the meeting, they never knew exactly where they were,” Radice said. “They usually all ended on same page, but there was a difference between men and women — that being that men’s discussions don’t happen at all,” he said.
The piece started out evolving in his head and continued evolving in the creative process. He realized a common human factor in most conversations or discussions that take place.
“There’s always one person who is more forceful and overbearing (represented by the taller one who is pointing); one who stands her ground on what was being discussed; there’s always one in the group who’s thinking ‘the sky is falling, the sky is falling!’ — her hair is sticking out with the alarmist look; and there’s always someone in the group that no one is listening to — she’s the one who’s talking to the back of the other person who is standing her ground,” he said.
PAST ENTRIES: Radice has been associated with the Art on the Corner exhibit for many years, as an artist and a committee member. He submitted “It’s About Time” to the exhibit in 2010.
Visit the Art on the Corner’s Facebook page for more information on the exhibit and to listen to audio clips from the artists.