Drive-by Sculpture In Fairfax
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Drive-by sculpture in Fairfax you don’t want to miss!
An award-winning sculptor’s “Fairfax Sentinel: Eco-Warrior”, on display in the town’s main square, is praised by the mayor.
JULY 18, 2020 – FAIRFAX – The town of Fairfax is proud to celebrate the work of local sculptor Marguerite Elliot in its centrally located Parkade . Her inspiration for the 12’ welded and forged steel structure is her view that sentinels are the protectors of wild and beautiful places.
Mayor Renée Goddard agrees: “Your installation could not have been more timely and more well placed. I was standing at the Coffee Roastery looking out at our empty town and feeling that initial shock of the Shelter in Place order when I saw you putting the Sentinel in the Parkade. It was as if it were created to keep look out and remind us to have hope. We speak often of the healing power of art. Art reminds us to look below the surface and find the light in times of darkness. The Sentinel is that beacon in the Center of town that has stayed steady as life around us feels chaotic. I am constantly reminded that these dynamic times are transformative, just as the power of art is a steady guide forward.”
ART INSPIRATION: Marguerite’s inspiration for her sentinels are iconic images from ancient civilizations. As she explains, “They keep watch over our sacred lands. Inspired by the ubiquitous cell phone towers now in our world, they symbolize the precarious interface between technology and the environment. Sentinels broadcast warnings about the climate destruction we now face, while sending out waves of healing energy.” This energy is shared by the gold-leafed goddess figure at the top, as she turns in the wind, bearing delicate gold leaves hung on a copper wire. The sculpture will be on display until the end of September.
ONLY IN FAIRFAX: Looking for something to do this weekend? Without the traffic and crowd scene? Treat yourself to a trip to Fairfax, scenic gateway to west Marin County. Explore the small-town charm of its recently re-opened shops, known for their creative offerings. Enjoy the fresh food and ultra-friendly service at its restaurants and cafés.
ABOUT MARGUERITE ELLIOT: Marguerite Elliot is an award-winning multi-media sculptor who works primarily in welded steel. Throughout her later career, she has used her artwork to address issues of environmental fragility, preservation, and interconnectedness in a continually industrializing world. Her work has been exhibited widely across the U.S. Her large scale sculptures are installed in sculpture parks in Finland, Denmark and New York. Her earlier work is archived at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
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