Center In the Square


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Center In The Square
Roanoke, Virginia USA

Installation Date
September 2013

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This art installation is a collaboration between Center in the Square and local metal sculptor, Dave Wertz. It is a rich and exciting example of what can happen when a large foundation, Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, comes together with a local artist. Together, they have created an art installation project that supports the themes and concepts behind the historic renovation of Center in the Square. Now, in addition to the amazing aquariums that offer us an insight into the beautiful underwater world of fish, we have an art installation that will intrigue and excite the imagination and creative energy in all who visit.


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Wertz says he started making fish many years ago simply because his son is an avid fly fisherman. “I wanted my son to believe that I really was an artist, so I made something I knew he loved — fish.” The fish series proved to be very popular. Like everything, though, the fish designs had to grow and change — from the original, realistic Steelheads of the Pacific Northwest to the present abstractions of colorful and whimsical tropical creatures that suggest far-flung exotic places. Each fish is an original: a one-of-a-kind piece of art. They are hand fabricated from hot rolled carbon steel and then painted and patinaed as only Wertz can do. These fish look as if they have just finished a long hard migration. Let’s just say, getting some personality out of a fish can be a challenge, and from the look of these fish, Wertz has figured it out.



The Best Clients …

I have the best clients… I finished up last week by delivering my latest commission, a fireplace sculpture. One of the best things about this job is watching people really enjoy my work. I felt good about the finished piece –  it had a great deal of interest throughout and the movement was sweet and gentle. This piece was hand wrought and involved many hours of “heating & beating.” After all of that old-school work, it was nice to fire up the MIG and weld it up. With an abstract of this nature, I like the freedom that comes with doing the final design and construction simultaneously. To accent the organic form, I used a dark patina.  With a few hours of hand waxing, the piece took on a smooth rich patina that makes you just want to touch it. Andy, thanks again for allowing me so much freedom in this project. 

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Sculpture Now 2013

As most of you already know, Hurricane was juried into the Sculpture Now 2013 show at the Honfleur Gallery in Washington, D.C. The show was sponsored by the Washington Sculptors Group.  It was really a pleasure working with Beth Ferraro, the Creative Director of the Honfleur Gallery, and Philadelphia-based curator, Florcy Morisset.   The Honfleur put on a fine show, and the reception was a great success. The gallery was overflowing, with an interested and excited crowd that was willing to engage with the art. It was well worth the two back-to-back round trips to D.C.

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