“Freshwater Cowgirl” by Anthony St. James
“Freshwater Cowgirl” by Anthony St. James is outside the Ninth Street entrance to the Georgetown Public Library. It was awarded Second Prize in this year’s Sculpture Tour. The library’s address is 402 W. Eighth Street.
Artist: Anthony St. James
Dimensions: 48″ x 168″ x 10″; 380 lbs.
Materials: Steel, stainless steel, steel cables, brass
Interview with Sculptor Anthony St. James
Q: Why did you create the piece?
A: I have always wanted to sculpt a mermaid and decided the time was right because moving forward I want to explore more contemporary interpretations of my creative visions.
Q: How complicated is the transportation/assembly/installation of your piece?
A: Freshwater Cowgirl was designed from her conception for easy assembly and transport. I achieved this by designing her to be three pieces, all of which connect underground, although she appears to be a unified sculpture. The mermaid is fourteen feet long; however, disassembled she can easily be transported in a six or eight foot trailer.
Q: Where else has this piece been since you created it?
A: The Downtown Courthouse, San Marcos, Texas and City Hall, Marble Falls, Texas.
Q: What would you like the viewer to take way from the piece?
A: The use of imagination. There are endless possibilities when it comes to repurposing materials. The mermaid’s one hundred hairs started out as a one inch steel cable from an old winch truck. Unraveled, the cable was made up of four quarter-inch strands, which I used to make her hair. Her stainless steel outfit was part of a bank vault in Fort Worth, Texas that had been closed down. The mermaid’s tail was part of an old trailer from East Texas.
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