Art on the Corner: ‘Pure and Simple’

SCULPTURE: “Pure and Simple” was displayed in front of Author’s Gallery Book Store, on the south side of the 500 block of Main Street. Because of the Main Street remodel scheduled for the first of the year, the artist took the sculpture back to his studio.

ARTIST: Johnny Woolsey of Washington, Utah.

DESCRIPTION: A thin, arrow-shaped brass piece welded between two elegantly bent “leaves” made of copper. The four-sided brass section is smooth and angled and rises to a sharp point at 66 inches tall. The words “Puro E Semplice,” Latin for “pure and simple,” are carved at the base.

INSPIRATION: “It was a combination of material and simplicity. I like contemporary work. I love the industrial future aspect of this piece in particular. I wanted it to have an otherworldly feel to it. Kind of simple with implied potential. It’s symbolic of an orchid or bloom before it’s open — angular and clean.

PAST ENTRIES: “Pure and Simple” is Woolsey’s first submission to Art on the Corner. He has shown sculptures in public art programs in St. George, Utah, and Boulder City, Nev.


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