“Kite” by Mary Morse
“Kite” by Mary Morse is outside the Ninth Street entrance to the Georgetown Public Library. It was awarded First Prize in this year’s Sculpture Tour. The library’s address is 402 W. Eighth Street.
Artist: Mary Morse
Dimensions: 13″ x 15.5″ x 94″; 110 lbs.
Materials: Cast bronze
Interview with Sculptor Mary Morse
Q: Why did you create the piece?
A: I was invited to be in the Kemp Center for the Arts “Outdoor Sculptural Invitational – Art on the Green” in Wichita Falls in 2010. At the time I was working on several pieces whose subject was based on summer vacations spent with friends on the Gulf coast at Dauphine Island, Alabama. In some of those pieces I had place pairs of figures on long sections of beach which, for me, echoed conceptualized drawn landscapes – low, open, cloud filled skies and deep spaces – that arose out of some experiences of traveling through south Louisiana and the southwestern states and the beaches of my childhood in southern California and on Guam.
I had made and sold a much smaller version – only 4.5” wide by 44” long – of “Kite” and wanted to see if I could evoke a feeling of the space of an open beach and the kite that could be flying over it in a much larger 3D composition.
Q: How complicated is the transportation/assembly/installation of your piece?
A: It depends on the transportation vehicle. It is essentially only three pieces that can be dissembled, or not, to be moved. It can be lifted by two people when assembled and installed in very easily, much like placing a table.
Q: Where else has this piece been since you created it?
A: It was at the Kemp Center for the Arts from May 2010 – May 2011. It was at the Georgetown Public Library from May 2011 – May 2012, then on the grounds of the French Legation Museum from 2012 – 2014. It has been at Michael Hall’s Studio Foundry in Driftwood Texas since then.
Q: What would you like the viewer to take way from the piece?
A: There is a simple pleasure and wonder that I hope people experience when they see the piece. I’m giving my viewer some moments to phase and simply enjoy the actions of the figure. I don’t think there is a big message other than the appreciation of our ability to move through space, to balance, to get lost in a song or a thought… our humanness.
This piece is on loan to the City of Georgetown from the artist with support from the Georgetown Arts & Culture Board, and will be on exhibit through October 2018.
For more information about the City of Georgetown Sculpture Tour, visit arts.georgetown.org/art/sculpture-tour