Tuesday, June 3, 2014
The Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts and Pride Commission (CAP) recently welcomed the arts on Coleman Boulevard with the dedication of two sculptures, “Infinity” and “Hope,” from College of Charleston art students Colin Clarke and Emily Meisler.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome public art on Coleman,” said Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page. “I would like to thank CAP for spearheading this initiative and the College of Charleston Art Department for partnering with us. “Hope” and “Infinity” make a striking addition to Coleman Boulevard. Their walking distances to the Farmers Market and Moultrie Middle School will offer students, visitors and residents a great visual experience.”
The CAP Commission reviewed 25 submissions from the College of Charleston Department of Studio Art and selected two models.
“I would like to thank CAP commissioners for implementing this program” said Russ Seamon, CAP chair. “Our goal is to rotate the sculptures on an annual basis with CAP selecting new sculptures at the beginning of each year. I would like to recognize Professor Herb Parker for his expertise and Mr. Clarke and Ms. Meisler for their artistry. A special acknowledgement is due to the Public Services Department for installing both sculptures.”
Clarke, an Australian citizen residing in Mount Pleasant with more than 50 years of experience in photography and a military background, is currently studying studio art at the College of Charleston. His sculpture is a 24-inch salvaged steel water pipe fitting happily with the recycled and sustainable theme of the pocket park and its crushed stone pathways.
“‘Hope' is an abstract sculpture portraying the gift of hope and life energy with which every human is endowed,” said Clarke, pointing to the crimson-red and golden-yellow sculpture. “Not all aspirations are achieved and thus fall away like the folds of the sculpture back on itself. Some are far more rewarding and beneficial than others. Despite setbacks, however, it is the human condition to strive onwards and upwards. Hope springs eternal. The gold highlights represent hope and can be seen from all angles of the sculpture.”
Meisler, an Alabama resident and College of Charleston senior, is majoring in studio art and psychology.
Meisler comes from an artistic milieu and her mother is a painter.
Her family traveled from Alabama to attend the dedication. Meisler plans to pursue her love of the arts with a master's degree in art therapy.
Her sculpture features an open infinity symbol woven into a rebar armature covered in expanded mesh and papier-mache, to which she has applied pigmented resin and several layers of UV coat. Meisler has a strong affinity to water.
“I wanted to create a piece that represented the coastal energy of the region, its serenity, infinite beauty and mystery,” she said.
For more information about the Culture, Arts and Pride Commission, visit www.tompsc.com and seen more pictures on the Town of Mount Pleasant's Facebook page.