Sculpture Fields At Montague Park Hosts “Sculptures In The Sky: Let ‘Courage’ Soar”
Sculpture Fields at Montague Park is proud to announce the date of its annual Sculptures In The Sky free community event: Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1800 Polk Street.
This year’s theme is ‘Courage’, recognizing essential workers, including medical workers, first responders and all who have shown unbounded courage across the world over the past 24 months.
In partnership with River City Kites, the skies above the 33 acres of Sculpture Fields in Montague Park will be filled with colossal, colorful kites for this event, stretching up to 20 feet. Activities including kite stunts, Rokkaku kite battles, and music performances are scheduled throughout the day. Children are invited to race parachute-shaped kites, called Bols, in the Running with the Bols at 1:00 p.m.
Beginning at 12:00 p.m., EPB Fiber Optics will be giving away free kites, while supplies last, for children to fly in the park. Plus, attendees will enjoy food trucks and drinks throughout the day from local vendors – Kona Ice, Go Gyro Go, Chatterbox, Final Girl Vegan Food, Party Bites Catering, Luigi’s 4 Sisters, Odd Story and Sweetwater Brewery .
The high-flying family community event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free. Donations to Sculpture Fields at Montague Park are appreciated for conservation efforts, educational programs and more. For more information about the event, visit SculptureFields.org. Attendees can RSVP to Facebook.
Prior to the community event at 10:00 a.m., Sculpture Fields in Montague Park will unveil its brand new permanent sculpture installation – an 8-foot dramatic stainless steel work of art titled “Courage” by Colombian-American sculptor and physician, Santiago Medina. With Medina’s diverse career in medicine, medical imaging and art, he uses state-of-the-art medical imaging technology and software to design and create masterpieces of sculptures in stainless steel.
In 2019 Medina visited Chattanooga and was so impressed with the early progress of the park that he felt inspired to approach founders John and Pamela Henry with an offer to create new work specifically for Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. .
“The gift of ‘Courage’ from Santiago Medina is an important addition to the park’s collection of large-scale contemporary sculpture by the world’s finest sculptors,” said William J. Overend, president of Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. “This reflects Sculpture Fields’ ongoing commitment to the culture and well-being of Chattanooga and the region.”
Medina summarizes his artistic passion as follows: “I bring life to inert stainless steel by creating sculptures full of light and movement”. Since graduating from Harvard, Medina has pioneered the innovative use of advanced 3D CT and MRI imaging in the creation of unique sculptures. Therefore, Medina brings powerful artistic expression, technological sophistication and medical sensibility to her magnificent works of art. This creates vibrant timeless masterpieces that will transcend generations.
Medina will travel to Chattanooga from Miami to attend the unveiling of her artwork on April 23 ahead of the Sculpture In The Sky community event.