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September 8, 2009

Delmar Transit Plaza Art Dedication (updated)

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Photo by Dan Donovan

Photo by Dan Donovan

On Thursday (September 10), Metro’s Arts in Transit will be hosting the dedication ceremony for artist Janet Lofquist’s new sculpture. The piece was commissioned by Metro for the Delmar Loop Transit Plaza. The ceremony is open to the public, so if you’ve ever been curious about public art, Metro’s Arts in Transit program, or just want to see a fascinating new work with a chance to talk directly to the artist, feel free to come out.

The piece is called “Hive.” To see why, check out this video clip of  the artist discussing her piece with former Metro intern Matt. (Also this week’s Featured Video in the sidebar!) Ms. Lofquist’s artist statement says that her work on this piece was inspired by the regeneration of the urban community:

As an understood symbol for the collective spirit of the community, [the beehive] has a cultural, political, and religious history. What starts out as a beehive shape, the hexagonal geometry transitions into a spiral of growth and ends in an abstracted question mark.

The ceremony will take place at 6p.m. at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd., followed by viewing the piece and one-on-one Q&A with the artist at the site, Delmar Transit Plaza across from the Delmar Loop MetroLink Station. Feel free to send us your photos of the sculpture so we can share them on the blog.

UPDATE: The Post-Dispatch publishes a nice article about Hive.

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