“Imagination” by Cindy Debold
“Imagination” by Cindy Debold is located at the corner of Eighth and Main streets on the downtown Square. It was awarded Honorable Mention in this year’s Sculpture Tour.
Artist: Cindy Debold
Dimensions: 11′ h x 5′ w x 5′ d; 50 lbs.
Materials: Stainless steel box, wood, aluminum
Interview with Sculptor Cindy Debold
Q: Why did you create the piece?
A: I create art, out of an intuitive drive to create art. My piece ‘Imagination’ is an example in a symbolic way of how life and our imaginations are always expanding and changing. Like life, art is a process. It begins with listening to our intuition and then trusting where it leads us. For me, it began with an interest in art, then sculpture, then color, then how best to combine color and 3D works. In a way each piece of art has a purpose and meaning, though it may not always be clear to me from the start. This piece was an evolution from my interests in art, psychology and philosophy.
Q: How complicated is the transportation/assembly/installation of your piece?
A: Transporting ‘Imagination’ can be a little tricky because it barely fits in our van. The branch and the box are placed in the van separately in order to not scratch either piece. At the installation we need to double check the photos to make sure we place it correctly. Over all though it is not very complicated since we have moved it a few times to photograph it.
Q: Where else has this piece been since you created it?
A: When I started making the original large ‘Drought Art’ pieces I wasn’t sure about how best to present them. Over the years I’ve found better ways to incorporate them into their final presentations. The branch from ‘Imagination’ was one of the original ten large ‘Drought Art’ pieces. It was originally shown at the French Legation in Austin and later was one of six of my ‘Drought Art’ pieces shown at the Prete Plaza in Round Rock. In 2014 I made ‘In and Out of the Box’ with a painted steel box. This stainless steel box was made in 2017, I had intended to use another branch but it ended up being too big. Fate sometimes takes over because I think the branch I used works even better than my expectations.
Q: What would you like the viewer to take way from the piece?
A: I would like those who view ‘Imagination’ to feel that each of us is capable of much more than we realize. The stainless steel box represents our foundation of knowledge, but it also symbolizes our preconceived limitations. The open sides symbolize that our limitations are just imaginary. I want the viewer to consider that our imagination and reality is limitless, symbolized by the colorful branch with the aluminum curls that extend past the borders of the box.
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