“Pluma Sculptura”, aka The Feather is located at the Georgetown Recreation Center.
Artist: Kirk Seese
Dimensions: 10’H x 22″W x 22″D
Materials: Steel and MDO (Medium Density Overlay) Panel
“”The Feather” is my debut sculpture design, after spending four years designing themed climbing walls in the active family entertainment industry for a company called ClimbZone, and almost twenty years painting public and private murals for my own business, BB Murals.
It is a direct response to the years of representational work I’ve been doing. I wanted to create something that was not based in reality, had no reference point and seemed to come from a different planet. Something unique. Something that came from inside.
The process of creating the swirling color fields became a therapeutic exercise for me. The organic motions of the blended hues contained by the stark, black, geometric framework should be visually unnerving, but they’re not. Instead they compliment each other.
Viewers say it reminds them of stained glass, and even ask me if the panels are transparent, which they are not. With such a high gloss from the epoxy resin outer coating, they do offer a mirror like reflection of the world around them, making it difficult to distinguish between what is there, and what is reflection.
Do you remember the feeling you had when you first discovered what you really wanted to do for the rest of your life? That excitement! That inexhaustible drive and determination! The future pregnant with possibilities. Well, I am experiencing such a blast right now, as a middle-aged visual artist!
For the majority of my artistic career I have been a local MD/DC metro area, 2D mural artist, and still am. Interior and exterior murals and faux finishing were my bread and butter. This was the case until 4 years ago when I was hired as Lead Designer for a New Zealand based, active family entertainment company called ClimbZone, which specializes in building themed climbing walls for their franchisees. Since then I have designed literally hundreds of themed climbing walls, my 2D designs becoming 3D reality, as they build and open new gyms here in America.
The fabrication technique we developed while I was employed there has opened my eyes to the possibilities of creating art in 3D. Considering my roots are in public art, I couldn’t help marry the two together.
So, I began applying for national Call to Artists at the end of 2018, and WOW have things really taken off!
Since then my debut sculpture design, The Feather, was selected for outdoor sculpture exhibitions in 15 states, including a permanent piece for the Underwater Museum of Art in Walton County, FL, and a prominent public sculpture for the Sunset Neighborhood Park Renovation in Renton, WA with a budget of $250k!
As you can see, I’ve hit something good here! I’m currently experiencing a personal creative renaissance. You are witnessing the birth of a public sculptor!
The ideas are flowing, the iron is hot. I’m having the time of my life and loving every minute of it!” Kirk Seese
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 November 2021. To view this piece on the online Sculpture Tour map, please click here.