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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Liberty Arts hits a triple 

Local non-profit artist collaborative sculpture studio and foundry, Liberty Arts saw two of its artists, Tim Werrell and Jackie MacLeod, produce and sell three major public art pieces this Summer.

MacLeod's Kontek Bench was just installed in Durham’s Central Park.

The Kontek Bench

"It was a dream commission…my first public art project," says creator Jackie MacLeod. The three semi-circular benches are made of concrete suspended in powder coated steel frames. They were commissioned by Kontek Systems for DCP. In a little Durham irony, the keys embedded in one of the benches once unlocked artists’ studios at Liberty Warehouse across the street before the roof fell in and the tenants had to evacuate. Now they commemorate that day and celebrate Liberty Arts’ new space at the Cordoba Center for the Arts.

In Burlington, two of Tim Werrell’s large scale sculptures were purchased during the city’s biennial Willow Walk Sculpture in the Park event this summer for eventual display downtown.

His nine foot high, life-size, "Birds in Flight Screen" is welded stainless steel. "It was the first piece I picked," said Anne Morris, executive director of the Burlington Downtown Corporation which is acquiring art to create a sculpture garden behind the historic depot on Main Street. Until they’re permanently installed, both pieces can be seen on the grounds of The Alamance County Arts Council in Graham.

Werrell's "Birds in Flight Screen"

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