Outdoor Sculptures at The Square.
Located near west building entrance.
Ted Waddell's sculpture evokes the natural landscape that surrounds us, from river waves to undulating banks of snow. The sculpture is made of Cor-ten steel that is designed specifically to create a rust-like patina that is actually a protective barrier.
Located near north main entrance.
Mike Hollern creates abstract shapes that remind us that design and nature are not mutually exclusive. Viewers can easily imagine fish jumping from a stream, their iridescent scales reflecting the same colors as the sculpture or a budding flower that has just pushed through the forest floor.
Two Sisters, 2002
Located on the west side of Gibson Gateway in sculpture garden.
Shonkinite (native Montana granite) and stainless steel. Two Sisters is a gift of Lewis and Clark Elementary School, winners of the Pennies for Paris Campaign in 1998. The sculpture includes several small rock sculptures made by Lewis and Clark Elementary School students. "This work is intended to suggest themes of change, growth and transformation and perhaps to evoke mediation on these themes. Two separate sculptural elements are engaged in relationship. The large of the two "sisters" represents action or causation, movement or change through learning, growth, death, or other transformative life events. The smaller, basin-like "sister" represents the integration of change, a process resulting in acceptance, stillness, learnedness, sustenance- a positive, informed state. The piece might be regarded as a sculptural rendering of such constantly occurring cycles and the opportunities they represent. Materials and textures were selected with these ideas in mind but also are intended to celebrate nature as we know her in Montana. The sculpture will register and respond to natural occurrences such as daylight, moonlight, rain, snow, falling leaves, etc. It demonstrates a collaborative relationship between nature and artist. The participation of 4th and 5th grade students from Lewis and Clark Elementary School was inspirational and appropriate to the themes of growth, learning and transformation that interest me. For me, their small rock sculptures render the work visually and emotionally complete." -Lisa Easton Great Falls, Montana September, 2002
Gibson Gateway, 1993
PGSMOA held a statewide competition for the work which Harrison won. This un-missable sculpture has become one of the most beloved works of art at The Square, and deservedly so. Robert Harrison created a wonderful architectural piece that is not only contemporary in its design but also reflects and co-exists perfectly with the decade old building that towers behind it.
Prairie Tops, 2001
Powder Coated Aluminum Funded by Meadowlark Fund and Miriam and Joe Sample with contributions from Save Prairie Tops, Great Falls.
Located in the southwest corner of the Museum lawn Swanson's Prairie Tops convey the artist's love of dance and sculpture in a whimsical and playful manner. The three tops appear to dance their way over the undulating hills of the prairie reminding us of the spinning games we played as children.
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art Permanent Collection, gift of the artist and Pacific Steel.
Spanish artist Manel Alvarez creates sculptures that are a culmination of his creativity, focus, intensity and discipline. These traits are synthesized when he forms each unique work of art that feature often abstract and minimalist design qualities. He is skilled as a draftsman creating sculptures that focus light, line and energy on each plane in a way that utilizes shadow and background for affect. The viewer experiences the weightlessness of each individual sculpture despite the heaviness of the hard materials he uses. Alvarez states, “Inspiration is a myth. Hard work alone leads to the creation of art!” Perhaps the bull represents a bridge between Alvarez home in northern Spain and his wife’s hometown of Great Falls.
Manel Alvarez was born in Catalonia, Spain in 1945 and studied art at the San Juan Busco School where he began creating sculptures in wood. He later studied in Milan, Italy where he was introduced to marble and began to develop his own distinct style. He remained in Italy for 14 years and exhibited his work in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain and Iran. His work has also been shown in Mexico, Brazil, Israel, San Francisco, New York and in 2015, PGSMOA in Great Falls, Montana.
This programming is made possible by the generous support of our members and supporters, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council and Cascade County.