The last two weeks have brought a flurry of activity around our Richmond project, Gateway Trio. In my last blog, I had a photo of the Hine family sitting in its sculpture, Clear Passage. Now I know that our friends Rene and Richard are going to stay in Richmond overnight on their way back from D.C. They had seen photographs of our project, and now they want to see it “in the flesh.”
Photographs of our work are a tricky business especially for a project such as Gateway Trio since in has three parts which all work together but are each very large. It is really impossible to photograph the entire project and get any sense of its scale and up-close impact. So, we appreciate when people actually visit.
Mayer of Munich, with whom we did the mosaic, River Song, requested photographs to put in their fall catalogue. Since the mosaic is 73’ long and in five parts, it is difficult to get a good photograph of the whole thing. So, Bob Clark, CEO of Clayco, who commissioned Gateway Trio, quickly put his team to work and delivered beautiful photographs to Mayer of Munich. Sure, everyone wins, but we so appreciated that our work garnered such action.
Victor Cassidy, an art writer who lives in Chicago, is writing a book about artists who collaborate and is including Robert and I in his book. We have been in correspondence with him since 2014. He, and his artist wife Donna, have even visited us in St. Petersburg earlier this year. He, just this month, visited Gateway Trio in Richmond. He, too, wanted to see it “in the flesh” before writing about it. After his visit, we received an email with a list of his comments and questions and that was followed by an at-least-2 hour phone conversation. And, yes, then a Dropbox full of photographs were sent.
To have a seasoned art writer visit your work is a gift and can give one pause. This person looks with an experienced eye and a grand background of knowledge. He told us that he sat in the sculpture for quite some time and asked himself what would he have done differently. He did the same thing with the mosaic. In both cases, and it might have surprised him, he concluded that he would not have done anything differently. Wow! Our work was appreciated. But more than that we appreciated the he took the time to really look at what we did and really saw what we were aiming to accomplish. What greater compliment is there to an artist or, for that matter, anyone.
So, here is a photograph of one partial view of Gateway Trio taken by Ben Boozer. I am choosing this photograph because I like it but also because Ben works in Gateway Plaza, the building whose lobby and exterior house Gateway Trio. So, he lives with our work and took the effort to photograph it. We are most appreciative.