The Sorensen Sculpture Project is a Public Art Project developed by Sierra Art Trails, a California Non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, art education, and the many communities located in the Yosemite Foothills.
In 2008 Sierra Art Trails http://www.sierraarttrails.org established the Sierra Art Trails Public Art Fund. Public art beautifies, educates, and enhances our surroundings. It is a statement, indicating that a community cares about its culture.
Now, four years later, we are thrilled to announce our first official public art project, the installation of a large outdoor sculpture at Gallery Row in Oakhurst. The sculpture will be created by Fresno’s “Man of Steel” Chris Sorensen. Our goal is to have the sculpture completed and installed at Gallery Row in time for the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour in October.
We focused on a design created by Chris many years earlier, a kinetic sculpture with balanced elements, strong lines and bright colors. The sculpture will be constructed in three sections. A tall blue base column raises the moving parts of the piece to a level that is safe and clearly visible. The center section, a bright red hook shaped arm, turns into the wind like a weathervane, and a small yellow crescent at the top is free to turn in the wind.
Chris Sorensen is one of Fresno's most revered artists. His generosity and dedication to the arts is well known. His contributions and donations in Fresno and beyond number too many to count. When Mariposa Arts Council lost its headquarters earlier this year due to tragic fire, Chris organized a fundraiser. The Pink Show raises money for breast cancer research. His long standing support of Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst has helped to keep the gallery open. These are only a few of the many examples of his philanthropy.
Sorensen Studio Gallery, located on East Van Ness Ave, is a focal point for the arts, and houses the studios of many other artists. At 87 years old Chris is still going strong, producing both indoor and outdoor sculpture. We are honored that Chris has taken on this project, and proud to have the opportunity to install one of his works in the public realm.
Please give generously. Our $5000 Kickstarter goal will cover only a portion of the estimated cost for the sculpture and its installation. Funds raised beyond our $5000 goal will be used to cover the balance of our expenses. In order to insure the success of the project, any additional funds required to complete the project will be covered by Sierra Art Trails. We hope this is our first project of many. Your contribution will help insure that it is.
Bringing artwork into the public realm pulls together people from all walks of life. Public art is for everyone, not limited to a select few. It provides the viewer a moment for pause and reflection, and enhances our often hurried lives.
Please help us to complete this project through your donation. Any amount is acceptable and appreciated. Let's work together to keep our cultural life vibrant.
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