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Stone Sculpture Symposium
Vandalia "Chiseled" was held during the City of Vandalia's 50th Anniversary
The Public Art in Vandalia (PAIV) dedicated the five limestone sculptures created during Vandalia "Chiseled" throughout Vandalia during an "art crawl" on September 18, 2011. The locations of the sculptures are as follows:
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History of Vandalia Chiseled Vandalia Chiseled was a two-week stone sculpture symposium featuring five nationally-recognized sculptors, who used the Vandalia Recreation Center south lot as their artist's studio and large blocks of Indiana limestone as their canvas. The limestone blocks were delivered on Wednesday, August 25. The blocks had been cut to the artist's specifications prior to delivery. Looking at these big blocks of stone, it takes real imagination to envision what they will become under the artists' hands.
At the opening ceremonies, held on Saturday, September 4, 2010, the artists were introduced to the community and they explained the thought process behind their designs. A big component of the Stone Sculpture Symposium was the education element. Throughout the two-week period, school kids visited to watch the artists at work. When the symposium was over, every class in Kindergarten through 6th grade in Vandalia-Butler Schools and St. Christopher Elementary School had visited the site. The children asked questions and learned what it takes to be a sculptor. They were also able to try their hand at chiseling.
The symposium featured four blocks of limestone designed expressly for visitors to chisel away at. One factor that took many by surprise was the mount of dust created by the sculptors. Much of the cutting and filing and sanding that took place produced large amounts of fine limestone dust. The artists used high pressure air hoses to get the dust off before leaving at the end of the day.
At the closing ceremonies, each artist was invited to speak about their piece and explain the thought process behind it. A good crowd was on hand to get a first-hand look at the finished pieces.
Jon Hudson, Connie Campbell, Thomas Macaulay, Amy Brier, Jane Black, Steve Mahoney, Emily Esau, Andy Amlin, Lee Hendricks, DDS
Thank you to the following organizations and businesses for their contributions:
Public Art in Vandalia (PAIV)
Members: Heather Combs, Candice Farst, Corey Follick. For additional information on the symposium, click on the city's .