I have worked and collaborated with artist Davin Ebanks for more than 20 years. When he was awarded the commission to create a large-scale public work as the centerpiece for TheNational Gallery of the Cayman Islands I was honored to help make this work a reality.
From the National Gallery website: “The two pillars are shaped to depict the bow and stern of our islands’ iconic Catboat. The two pillars alone weigh more than 4,000 pounds and another 600 pounds of glass has been permanently affixed to the concrete facades.
Mr. Ebanks says his inspiration comes from his boat building heritage, “[The] first boat I ever fished on was a Catboat; my great-grandfather made three catboats. To me it symbolizes this sort of transition moment in Cayman where you move from [a] culture that took from the sea to a culture that protects the environment around Cayman, so it’s not only a symbol of our culture but its a symbol of the changing times.”
The sculpture, aptly named Adjacent adorns the middle of the Gallery’s roundabout entrance. With its durability and lasting impression, Mr. Ebanks and the NGCI hope that generations to come will experience this homage to Cayman’s culture and heritage.
I have worked with artist Weston Lamberton many projects over the last decade. This work for the Glass Street community in East Chattanooga is one of five sculptural and functional seating elements selected to animate the sidewalks in hopes of sparking economic revitalization and beautification in the neighborhood. The two benches for this project came from a single river boulder cut into sections and laminated with glass.