JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 24, 2004 – With the aid of three Union University art students, Kansas City, Mo. sculptor STRETCH installed his piece, “Guardian,” in downtown Jackson early Friday morning. His heavily tattooed arms worked to secure cables around the 23-foot-tall sculpture of steel and stacked glass as a crane gently lifted the piece to its full height.
“Guardian” was installed on North Highland Avenue at Baltimore Street. The sculpture is one of the seven contemporary pieces scattered throughout Jackson for the 2004-2005 Jackson/Union University Sculpture Tour (JUST).
Sculptures were selected last spring by a panel of eight jurors including Union University Art Professor Lee Benson, tour director, and April DePriest, Union art student and assistant tour director.
STRETCH answered the call for artists by applying with “Guardian,” a piece he built in 2001. Jackson is the third place this particular piece has been displayed.
“This kind of art (modern or contemporary art) gives people a reaction,” said STRETCH. “You like it; you don’t like it, but you react. You have to stop, think and continue. My work allows the viewer to think. It can give people a different outlook. It can change their lives.”
The year-long JUST exhibition will begin with a reception at the Carnegie Center for Arts and History, Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
For more information call the Union University art department, (731) 661-5223.
By Amanda Herron, '05