For its 100th anniversary the Rotary Club of Salisbury is constructing a meditative labyrinth in downtown Salisbury, MD. These are three concept proposals to sit at the heart of the labyrinth, which serve to honor our history, enliven our present, and speak to our bright future.
Overlooking the Rotary Club Labyrinth is the Salisbury Firehouse. Built in 1928 this historic structure serves as a perfect counterpoint for a contemporary sculpture that exemplifies the future of Salisbury; one that integrates art, technology and tourism with a rich history of agriculture and maritime tradition.
Harvest; version I
Harvest; Version II
From Colorado Spring Fine Arts Center Acquisition Announcement:
The sculpture consists of two nine-foot tall towers made of cast glass. Contrary to the common associations of blown glass with transparency and lightness, Dasein is physically dense and has a textured surface comparable to that of rough stone blocks.
The title itself, Dasein, is a reference to German philosophy and generally translates to mean being, not as an object but rather as an awareness of oneself, or the being which can contemplate itself.
“Steven Durow’s Dasein will be a tremendous addition to the FAC’s permanent collection as it enhances the currently small holding of abstract contemporary sculpture which includes work by Bill Burgess and the new acquisition of Isamu Noguchi’s Mountains Forming,” said FAC Curator of Contemporary Art, Joy Armstrong.
Dasein also contributes to our Permanent Collection's glass work. This new acquisition expands challenges aesthetics and forms traditionally associated with glass.
"Dasein provides a dramatic counterpoint to Chihuly’s delicate blown glass pieces by offering patrons an impressive sculptural glass form that conveys notions not traditionally associated with the material.”
Dasein is part of the permanent collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.
Crescent is the second work to come from my experiences in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Crescent is made as an arc, indicating the movement of a celestial body beyond the horizon. In much the same way, the people of New Orleans slowly rebuilt their lives long after the media and national attention faded over the horizon of public awareness. During the day, the cast glass elements reflect, redirect and absorb the sun, gaining its dynamic and changing character while at night the work is lit from within, expressing its own inner energy.
Crescent is currently available for purchase.
LeveeBreak was the first of two works I created from my experiences in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures which flooded the city. Named for the Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie song about the 1927 Mississippi River floods (later made famous by Led Zeppelin), the song expresses the fear of what will happen if the levee that protects him and his home is washed away. By standing in front of the work as the weigh of the water bends the steel and the water crests over the top, I wanted the viewer to experience the feeling of being overwhelmed; as each one of us in New Orleans did in the hours, days, months, and years after Katrina. At the same time however, you also can see the light coming through the glass as the sun changes throughout the day, giving the work a dynamic and changing beauty.
LeveeBreak is in the permanent collection of the city of Carbondale, CO.
My Other Half
My Other Half, is about the miracle and mystery of connection. Like perfectly matched dance partners we find chemistry suddenly, and in places we never expected. While impossible to plan for, when that union is made it is as mysterious and undefinable as joy. We simply inhabit a state of perfect contentment and for as long as possible you try hold onto that moment. This work, deceptively simple in form, seeks to capture that moment.
My Other Half is currently available for purchase.
Consequence of Line
This work is a monument to the act of will. Using a recycled I-beam as a blank canvas I spent months making exploratory drawings. Then, the choice was made and a long diagonal line was cut across the steel; defining its form and destiny; the marks of the torch left as a record of the artist’s hand. The form of the sculpture references the monumental heads of Easter Island, vigilantly watching over their long-forgotten makers.
Consequence of Line is currently available for purchase.