Soon the City of Ithaca could have two more sculptures in its city parks, if all goes according to plan of two designers who have submitted proposals to the city and now must wait for potential approval.
Currently the sculptures are under consideration by the Community Life Commission and the commission is accepting written feedback on the two proposals until 3 p.m. on Oct. 17. Public comment is also welcome at the commission’s meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
The two sculptures, titled Anthropocene and Gromely, would be built in Baker Park and Cass Park, respectively. Monica Franciscus, the artists behind Anthropocene, wrote in her proposal that she would like it to be viewed as an educational tool, portraying the current and future state of our world environmentally. It would be made up of “industrial relics, reused car parts, crushed, smoothed and welded to an interior frame.”
“The colors of the parts illustrate climate temperature zones,” she wrote. “Solar-powered lights are affixed within the crushed parts, illuminating down upon the structure at night, mimicking earth’s solar halo on its dark side, and symbolizing sustainability.”
Franciscus’ design calls for a 12 foot structure. Taitem Engineering contributed to the design’s submitted drawings.
In Charzewski’s proposal, he says the Tompkins Giant sculpture would harken back to the legendary Taughannock Giant story, with an eye to the future as well.
“The Tompkins Giant Project has inspired me to create something grand in scale and visually fantastic,” Charzewski wrote in his proposal. “Something that will be a landmark for the town of Ithaca NY that will inspire its residents as well as its visitors for years to come. Gromely is the name of the figure I have designed. It encapsulates aspects of the original story of the Tompkins Giant as well it fosters a sense of fantasy and wonder.”
The sculpture would be assembled in Charzewski’s personal studio at the College of Charleston and would use recycled steel tubing, which would be bolted together on site. It would overlook the Inlet from its perch next to a trail in Cass Park. In total, Charzewski estimates that the project would cost $18,000.