Sculptor Visits CHS Art Scholars

Sculptor Visits CHS Art Scholars
Posted on 01/09/2017
Rob MulhollandSusan Mulholland, wife and collaborator of Scottish sculptor Rob Mulholland, along with Robin Dunbar of the Elizabeth River Project (ERP) made a wonderful presentation to the Art Scholars of Churchland High School on October 5th. About 30 students crowded into Mrs. Stith’s art room to see a presentation about the large-scale steel figures the Mulhollands have installed in locations all over the world. The Mulhollands are here working with Ms. Dunbar of the ERP to create and install “One Flock” at Paradise Creek Park at the foot of the Jordan Bridge in Portsmouth. Hurricane Matthew caused a postponement of the installation and celebration, now scheduled for November 19th and 20th in the park.

 The artist stated that the name “One Flock” has multiple meanings to them, though emphasis is placed on the idea of all creatures, mankind included, must share and care for our natural resources. This is the first work by these sculptors to be created in the United States. In conjunction with these activities, art students from both sides of the Elizabeth River are working on smaller scale replicas of the herons in “One Flock” and embellishing them so that they may be “flown” across the Jordan Bridge in a celebratory parade as part of the unveiling.  Students also gained valuable insight into the lives of professional artists, design process and learned of the engineering required for massive sculptural installations.
In closing, Susan Mulholland was very excited to see the work of art scholar Senior Amber Frederick, because Amber makes sculpture about her concern for the environment. They talked at length about this shared interest.

 See the following article for images of the sculpture installation: http://altdaily.com/public-art-paradise-found-at-paradise-creek-one-flock/. More information about Mr. Mulholland and his work can be found at http://www.robmulholland.co.uk/home/4529777919

Jean Stith, Visual Arts Teacher
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