The Hawkins & Hawkins studio also is the place that produced the “No Child Left Behind” group of sculptures at Hamilton High School to commemorate President George W. Bush’s signing of the education legislation at Hamilton High School on Jan. 8, 2002.
The repairs were “a bit of a long process,” with the artists creating replacement pieces, putting the sculpture back together and refinishing it, Stone-Welch said.
“Whenever we have a sculpture that needs to be repaired or refinished in any way, we reach out to the original artist first, because, since it’s their work, they should have the opportunity to work on it first,” Stone-Welch said. “Just for courtesy, but also, that way we know it’s still what the artist envisioned in the end. Somebody else comes in, they could maybe change it accidentally.”
The next sculpture that likely will be installed will be called “Embrace,” a shiny, 25-foot-tall artwork to be placed in the spring in the new green space area at the newly reconfigured intersection of Main Street with Eaton and Millville avenues. The installation will be a marking of the 20th anniversary of Hamilton being named a City of Sculpture.
Those interested in learning more about the sculptures can obtain for free the Otocast app for smart phones at Otocast.com. It contains recorded explanations about all the Hamilton pieces , along with public artworks across the country.
The Octocast app also can tell users about other sculptures wherever they are, such as Chicago or Philadelphia.