We successfully installed "Conversation" by National Sculptors' Guild fellow Carol Gold with a unique granite base designed by John Kinkade at the First Congregational Church in Boulder. Thanks to Art Castings of Colorado for their extra help during the complex installation.
This sculpture, by California artist Carol Gold, is of two stylized figures seated on a granite bench. The bench is extended to invite gathering next to the sculpture and a “joining the conversation.” John had to design something that was elegant, user-friendly and would span the weight-load all while floating on this second story plaza that didn't allow a typical anchoring installation method. with our engineer's help, we achieved a great functional look.
Many of my artworks depict interaction through some of some sort of communication. The inspiration for much of my work comes from a poem by Pablo Neruda in which he writes – “No hablar es morir entre los seres”, or, “Not to speak is to die among human beings”. I have used this recurrent theme of communication in my work for years. The spoken word (or lack thereof) is inherent in our successes and failures as a society. We are bound as a civilization by means of contact with each other. By interacting with those around us, communities grow and prosper through their ideas, thoughts and histories. I am well aware of the power of communication and its importance in maintaining the equilibrium that we must maintain for a healthy society. I have a great deal of experience placing my work publicly thanks to the expertise of the National Sculptors’ Guild. Our installation of “Conversation” on the plaza will be the only one in Colorado. The Landmark Board has approved it and has commended us on our adding to the public art of Boulder. " -Carol Gold, National Sculptors' Guild
"We are delighted to introduce you to the nationally renowned sculptor, Carol Gold, whose sculpture, “Conversation,” has been commissioned for the church thanks to a generous gift designated for this purpose. We are excited that this one-and-a-quarter lifesize sculpture will be installed toward the south end of our plaza, “humanizing” this large expanse and making it more welcoming. There are of course many layers of meaning that can be derived from the sculpture, but as members of the Arts Ministry, we have been struck by the thoughts of our church’s interest in inviting people to join the conversation of faith, no matter where you are on the journey. We also feel the sculpture expresses our church’s openness to dialogue, our call to community, and the ongoing conversation of faith with the events of our lives and the life of the world. It is also significant that the reason the church has received the gift of these sculptures at all is because of a deeply meaningful conversation that our Senior Minister, Rev. Martie McMane, held for the donor’s husband and his family a week before his death. We invite you to ponder your own meanings for this beautiful work of art." -First Congregational Church of Boulder Arts Ministry
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs.