Sculpture Open House

“If The Spirit Is Willing” is Installed at Josephine Sculpture Park by Mike McCarthy

Mark Hendren loading my sculpture. 

Mark Hendren loading my sculpture. 

All things happen for a reason. Last year at the outdoor sculpture show at Hidden Hill Nursery and Sculpture Garden two of my three pieces sold. That is a great show, but I was a little disappointed because I thought the one that did not sell was the strongest piece. “If the Spirit is Willing” was the sculpture that did not sell. 

Fast forward a year. I decided to enter “If the Spirit is Willing” into a juried show at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, KY. There were minimum size requirements for this show so that limited the entries. However, of the 20 entries, my sculpture was one of eight selected. That is always a great feeling to get that notice that your work has been accepted.  

So on Thursday I met Karen Terhune over where my sculpture was, picked her up and brought her home  then my next door neighbor, Mark Hendren loaded it on his trailer and I drove it out to the park.

The steel piece sitting behind my sculpture will be moved. 

The steel piece sitting behind my sculpture will be moved. 

I met the owner of the park, Melanie VanHouten at about 8:45. We set a limestone base and then the real fun began. We got to play with a big crane! I think cranes are an amazing engineering feat. The operator was incredible. He boomed over and dropped the hook right where I needed it. He lifter and set the dry fit with the smoothest touch I have seen. Lifted so I could get the safety out and reset in no time. Even though he set it so fast, nothing seemed rushed. It was great. 

So, if you are in Frankfort, KY, come out and see “If the Spirit is Willing” and the rest of the sculpture at Josephine Sculpture Park.

"Cor Liberum" is Featured at Norton Open House by Mike McCarthy

My Mom and brother Larry (showing his best side) infant of the Care Giver and Patient 

My Mom and brother Larry (showing his best side) infant of the Care Giver and Patient 

This past Thursday, many folks braved a cool rainy day to come out and see the new things going on as Phase 1 of the Norton Audubon Hospital expansion opened to the public. 

In the morning, the Norton Audubon Family gathered in a tent outside the new emergency entrance. Jon Cooper made some nice opening remarks and then tours began. "Cor Liberum" was one of the stops on the tour. It was great to share the concept and meaning of all of the elements contained in the sculptural experience.

A different view of the Patient

A different view of the Patient

In the afternoon, there was another section of the open house. This was for the public and media. The opening program was quite a bit more involved. However, Jon made some really nice remarks about the sculpture and I received a nice round of applause. Then the tours began again. I was again able to share all of the meaning of the components of the sculpture to a larger audience. I was also interviewed by one of the local news channels, WLKY did a short interview with me that made it on the news. One of the other channels, WDRB also had a nice shot of the sculpture that made it on the news. 

Most important to me, I was able to have some of my family in for the open house. My brothers Kevin and Larry brought my mom down from Chicago for the celebration. They got to stand in the rain with me while we waited for tour groups to show up. (However, they disappeared under the covered area when the tours were there so they didn't get as wet!) All in all, even though the weather didn't cooperate, it was still a very fun day sharing the all the meanings and significance of "Cor Liberum".