Culture Vulture, July 12

- July 14, 2011

Cultural Bites

 Kevin Box’s giant leaf sculpture looks great on the corner of Water Street and Sandoval. That is becoming a prized location for works in the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Art on Loan program. A lot of us remember when the Burro lived there, which as a piece in the City’s permanent collection, was moved to Burro Alley. Kids love the burro – evidenced by the wearing off of the bronze’s patina on his nose. – much like the loss of patina on the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in Central Park in Manhattan. Just think, we first introduce the little ones to the Burro and later in life they buy works by Henry Moore and Richard Serra. Now that is building an art market for the future.

Kevin, who shows at Shelby Fleetwood Gallery on Canyon Road, has work in many public art collections around the country. I’ve seen images of large installations of the “leaves” blowing across large expanses of parks – would love to see a large-scale piece in the Railyard Park. Kevin is also known for his Rock, Paper, Scissors piece that stood for quite a while on Canyon Road

The cultural community warmly welcomes Dr. Stephen Redfield as the new Chair of the Music Department at New Mexico School for the Arts. Dr. Redfield is familiar to Santafeans as the Concertmaster of Santa Fe Pro Musica and as the Director of Strings in the school’s inaugural year; establishing himself as an integral part of the Music Department, and in the school community as a whole.