by Delgreta Brown
I am sharing this information in the interest of creating art and preserving art and culture.
The Public Art work, “Sojourner Truth” by Master Artist Elizabeth Catlett, has apparently been broken. And has been in a possibly irreparable state for some time now (since it happened in January).
The work was one of the city’s downtown public art displays, and was located on the prominent K St. Read about it here: http://sacpedart.com/?p=3840
After searching online, I found that the blog site really is the ONLY reference on the internet that makes mention of the damage and loss of this particular sculpture. I can only speculate that limited information on the matter is due to a lack of publicity, interest or concern.
As a next generation artist and a Sacramento artist I am extremely alarmed that so little attention was provided. In all honesty, I makes me wonder in the future how my work would be cared for. When I look at the photograph of the broken statue, it casts a bleak picture. Perhaps people think that when an artist passes there’s no one to speak for their work, or legacy and so it’s okay to let it fall by the wayside. Her work is treasured, it has value and meaning on so many different levels.
What can be done? Who can fix? Since Mrs. Catlett passed April 2012. http://elizabethcatlett.net/
I hope the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) will put out an artist call for a sculptural restoration project.
I sincerely believe if SMAC were to put a call out, sculptors would respond to the challenge. Moreover the selected sculptor would be honored to restore the work.
Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC)
300 Richards Blvd., 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811
Tel. (916) 808-3992
Fax (916) 808-3996
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