FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Momentum Committee is proud to announce
The unveiling of “Momentum”
a unique sculpture by Michael Ciccone
What: The unveiling of “Momentum”, a public sculpture
When: Saturday, June 19 at 10 am.
Where: Cunneen-Hackett Art Center, 9 Vassar St. Poughkeepsie, NY
Who: The artist, MICHAEL CICCONE
Why: a public viewing.
Please join the Momentum Committee, Mayor John Tkazyik, Benjamin Krevolin, Fred Schaeffer, Jean McAvoy, Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, artist Michael Ciccone and others for the unveiling of “Momentum”, a new sculpture temporarily installed on the lawn of the Cunneen-Hackett Art Center. The Momentum Committee is offering the public a rare opportunity to see this unique and graceful sculpture made of actual discarded and recycled steel and copper obtained from the Poughkeepsie Railroad bridge by Mr. Ciccone, a master blow torch welder, during the construction of the Walkway Over the Hudson in 2009.
Mr Ciccone, of Saugerties, creates intriguing outdoor metal sculptures and spent several months with his blow torch cutting off large portions of rusted and unwanted steel beams and hardware from 230 feet above the Hudson River. Michael re-fabricated the 122 year old steel into highly stylized abstract sculptures that incorporate beautiful sections of patinaed copper. “Momentum” is a large free-standing heroic work which echoes the powerful wheels of a locomotive with a twisted dark plume of simulated smoke arching over the length of the work toward the rear of the ten foot high sculpture.
In September 2009, artist and curator, Franc Palaia included “Momentum” in his Quadricentennial exhibition about Hudson Valley bridges at the G.A.S. Gallery where it stood regally outdoors in the gallery courtyard for two months. All who saw the work were struck by its originality and novelty, a sculpture literally made from a bridge and not just about a bridge! Nobody is making sculpture like this except Michael, especially using finite materials that will never be seen again.
The Momentum Committee is seeking support and funds to purchase and install this important work of art in order to have it permanently placed at the entrance of the Walkway Over the Hudson at the Poughkeepsie entrance ramp in 2010.
For information contact: Julia Dutton, Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Momentum Committee: Franc Palaia –Co Chair 845-486-1378 or FPalaia@earthlink.net, Nancy Cozean, Sheri Neal, Harvey Flad and Penny Dell. Advisors: Timothy Otty and David Barone of the NY State Walkway Park and Jim O’Shea and JoAnn Feigenheimer of the Cunneen-Hackett Art Center.
Directions to Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center: