Internationalsculpture exhibit starts new year

Published on Thu, May 11, 2006 by Tara Nelson

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International sculpture exhibit starts new year

By Tara Nelson

Peace, love and pears are just a few of the themes present in this year’s International Sculpture Exhibit at Peace Arch Park.

The ninth annual exhibition, organized by the U.S./Canadian Peace Arch Association (USCPAA) runs now until October 1, featuring 13 installations from local and international sculptors from as far away as the Czech Republic and as local as Point Roberts.

In the sculpture, “A Pair of Pears,” artist Moriyuki Kono uses two shapely bronze pears nesting side by side. Kono, who moved to Canada from Japan in 1994 said his endless goal is seeking new themes that link to peace.

“Everyone and everything in this whole space are made of peace and love,” he said in an artist’s statement on his web site. “Sometimes we just have to stop moving and find them again.”
Kono was not available in person for comment. His sculpture is priced at $7,000.

See more of Kono’s work at www.mkono.net/index.htm.
Portland, Oregon artist William Rutherford, through his “Legend” sculpture, wanted to express a timeline of Northwest history.
Rutherford accomplishes this using carved cedar beam, plexiglass, plywood and acrylic paint. Although, the piece resembles a totem pole, Rutherford rejected the notion of borrowing symbols from native cultures, a practice that he said he finds offensive.

“What I’ve done really doesn’t relate to any given culture,” he said. “I just made up the images to go with the piece to show the history of this place.”

Simplistic faces of characters representing a turtle, bird and a window called “White face watches us through the European window,” on both the front and the back of the sculpture are reflective in terms of time, Rutherford said, adding he wanted the faces to be recognizable.
“Some of it is looking back, and some of it is looking forward,” he said. “They say, ‘Be watchful and remember.’”Rutherford’s piece sells for $3,500.

Mt. Vernon artist Pam Hom’s steel sculpture “Struggle I” is a part of a series of five sculptures that represents a progression from struggle toward freedom.

“My goal in building them was to represent the evolution of struggle with the goal being to transcend into something harmonic and peaceful,” she said.

Hom said “Struggle I” is the most rigid as are the beginning stages of a struggle, and each stage becomes less rigid, representing the positive opportunities of conflict. The final piece is a fountain that symbolizes transcendence.

“Struggle I” sells for $15,000.

Christina Alexander, who founded the exhibit in 1995, said a 9-member committee made their selections based on criteria for quality, durability, park appropriateness, safety and aesthetic appeal.

Alexander said the USCPAA is also looking for volunteers for its planned “Saturdays in the Park” program, which will provide free interpretive tours for park visitors.

“That way one could go for a guided tour of the park history, the park’s horticulture, and the park’s sculptures,” she said. “We want to try to incorporate all the wonderful elements of the park and interpret it for its visitors and we’re looking for volunteers to make that a reality.”

Alexander said submissions that were not accepted to the exhibition will be considered for display at the USCPAA’s “Best of the Rest” in downtown Blaine. For more information, visit www.peacearchpark.org.
For more information about volunteering for the guided tours, call 332-7165.