Artist: Gar Waterman
Media: Painted, cut steel, baked clay
Location: Edgewood School Exterior. 737 Edgewood Avenue
Gar Waterman's work appears in unexpected areas and on different surfaces around the exterior of the renovated Edgewood School.
While a major work of public art (WPA mural, Life of Hiawatha) was lost in the school renovation project, Waterman's work brings a sense of humor and life to the building. The cut steel and cast concrete plaques were inspired by the trees and animals located in nearby Edgewood Park, one of New Haven's largest and historic green spaces.
The artist states that his work was shaped by historical sources, such as the Book of Kells and the repeat graphic imagery of such 20th century artists as M.C. Escher and Andy Warhol. The steel cut-outs are assembled into three-dimensional sculptures, which provide changing effects of light, shadow, transparency and depth.
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