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MAY 22, 2002

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ASCE and ARTWalk Announce Selected Works of 2002 Sculpture Open Call

Rochester, NY – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and ARTWalk are pleased to announce the entries selected for the 2002 Sculpture Open Call. The commissioned 14-foot-tall steel structure by Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez is called Balance. It will be installed on the sidewalk of ARTWalk, along University Avenue, and unveiled in September 2002. Caballero-Perez will receive $10,000 for his work. The finalists of the open call are Susan Ferrari Rowley, and Mark C. Weisbeck; each will receive $300 as runner-up finalists. The honorable mentions for this open call will receive $150 each, and they are Daniel C. Jennings, and Richard K. Kron.

“In creating this piece, I began by considering the role of Civil Engineers,” said Caballero who is an Assistant Professor of Metals at RIT, “they are responsible for the quality and safety of the structures where we live and work.” He also considered works of Civil Engineering in the area for his creation such as the Erie Canal System, the Interstate Highway System, and the Airport, among others. “This sculpture, with its directional flow and mix of geometric and curvilinear forms takes shape from both the Canal and the Highway Systems. It speaks of movement, yet solidly stands in one place. It blends the shapes of nature with the solidity of material. The way the forms balance and support the circle represents the ultimate consideration for all Civil Engineers of balancing nature and engineering, aesthetics and safety, necessity and well-being.”

Balance, and the other thirty-four models submitted in the recent open call will be on view at High Falls Gallery beginning this Friday, May 24 reception from 7-9 p.m.

The American Society of Civil Engineers, founded in 1852 is a not-for-profit professional society. ASCE is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The ASCE/ARTWalk Sculpture Open Call is a celebration and creative initiative that reinforces the Civil Engineering profession’s commitment to enriching our community.

ARTWalk is an interactive urban outdoor museum that runs along University Avenue in the Neighborhood of the Arts. ARTWalk’s mission is to foster, create and maintain a designated distinctive public walkway connecting arts destinations and cultural centers in the neighborhood, in order to provide an environment that encourages increased exposure to a variety of artistic experiences.

ARTWalk now operates as an independent non-profit museum, which acquires and maintains art and holds community-wide events. So far, the museum has acquired eight benches selected through an open call, and twelve sidewalk imprints selected through an open call, ARTWalk is also in the midst of the Mosaic Lamp Project in which artists and citizens are working together to create street light pole mosaics each Sunday through the end of June. ARTWalk has held many successful events including last fall’s Dances on the Avenue. Next up will be the Grand Opening of ARTWalk on Sunday, September 22, 2002. All ARTWalk events are open to the public.

For more information, visit www.rochesterartwalk.org or call 585-234-6670.