New York artist selected to contribute sculpture of boats in ML “Red” Trabue nature reserve for Dublin’s Art in Public Places program
A 25ft by 18ft boat sculpture by the hands of a New York artist will be added in 2023 to ML “Red” Trabue Nature Reserve, Dublin’s 90-acre park with entrances at 6835 Avery-Muirfield Drive and 6566 Route de la Poste.
Titled ‘The Boat in the Field’, the permanent artwork will be the latest to be commissioned by the Dublin Arts Council as part of its Art in Public Places programme.
The $150,000 commission, awarded to Ilan Averbuch of Long Island City, New York, was announced on January 25 by Dublin Arts Council Executive Director David Guion after a recommendation was presented to City Council from Dublin on January 24.
Speaking from his studio in the Queens borough of New York, Averbuch said he was happy to have been selected to install his work in “such a beautiful park”.
Averbuch said his career in sculpture began with the use of tree bark and other natural materials found in his yard as a child in Israel and continued while studying at schools. from New York and London.
Guion, who was one of eight members of the jury that selected Averbuch, called the artist’s presentation “seductive”.
“It elevates my level of curiosity and promotes discussion, interpretation and response,” Guion said. “The intended meaning of the artwork is not only about the artist’s expression, but also about the viewer’s own experience and how the viewer interacts with this unique creation.”
Averbuch was selected from three finalists, each of whom was invited to Dublin after the three were selected in October from among 151 artists who met the September 1 deadline to submit entries, said Janet Cooper, director of the commitment to the Arts in Dublin. Advice.
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The sculpture will be 25 feet high, 18 feet wide and 15 feet deep and will be created from industrial materials recycled in Ohio, such as stone and weather-resistant COR-TEN steel, Cooper said.
“The sculpture will last a long time and require very little maintenance,” Cooper said.
The sculpture site will be near but out of sight of Karrer Pond and the junction of a paved, natural path in the park, she said.
The boat’s stone skeletal structure will be raised about 15 feet into the air “as if frozen in midair” on a skeletal tower made of vertical beams, Cooper said.
Averbuch described his piece as a mixture of two images, a boat and the rising beams, intended to portray the desire to travel and travel but also to have a “groundedness”.
Averbuch’s work exists in public and private collections in Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Israel, Switzerland and across the United States, Cooper said.
According to the project schedule, the sculpture should be installed in the summer of 2023.
Averbuch will do “prep work” in his New York studio and transport the material to the nature preserve, Cooper said.
Cooper said Averbuch was a finalist in 2016 when Dublin Arts Council sought an artist for a project that resulted in “Feather Point” at Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park.
For more information on Averbuch, visit Ilanaverbuch.com
The ML “Red” Trabue Nature Reserve includes restored wetlands, vernal pools, a fishing pond, an arboretum, cycle and walking paths and wildflower and grassland meadows, Cooper said.
Dublin’s Art in Public Places program began in 1988 and includes 21 large-scale, site-specific permanent installations worth $3.8 million, Cooper said.