Kate Pond, Sculptor

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The Vermont Sculpture Bus Tour is part of a 2014-2015 celebration of Kate Pond's work.

The Bus Tour in 2014 is a 1973 - 2010 retrospective of Pond's sculpture in and around Burlington, Vermont. We will visit public sculptures, and private collectors' pieces, ones not available to the public. It is a benefit to support the World Sculpture Project events in 2015.

The Sculpture Events in 2015 include a world tour of Pond's five pieces in her World Sculpture Project. They are in Canada, Norway, Japan, Hawaii USA and New Zealand. Each sculpture has a unique alignment with the sun or stars. And each is celebrated with childrens' artwork placed in a time capsule.

We will open the time capsules during a celebratory event at each sculpture site. If you would like to join us, you can learn more about specific dates: World Sculpture Project

Sculpture Bus Tour 2014

We begin promptly at 9 am at KISS II, a public sculpture at Fletcher Free Library at 235 College Street. At 9:30 we board the bus and visit two collectors nearby to see a total of five sculptures.

At 12:30, we will drive to Starr Farm Beach and have an "elegant" box lunch near the lake in a vintage red barn. A small exhibit on the walls of the barn may stimulate a discussion or two. One of my early sculptures, Together and a more recent one, Sunscriber are close by to see or to climb on if you like.

The tour continues on to All Saints Church in South Burlington and a labyrinth sculpture, Odyssey of Light. The sculptural component of the labyrinth is reflected light, engineered to reflect a cross at noon on equinox and winter solstice.

We finish the tour with two more private collectors' sculptures nearby and arrive back at the starting point, the Fletcher Free Library, by 4pm.

Join the Bus Tour?

Tax deductible donation: $100, payable to Burlington City Arts (fiscal agent), and please send the check to: Kate Pond, 123 North Union Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

Donations from those who cannot join the bus tour will be gratefully accepted.

Kindly RSVP for reservations and information:
kpsculptor@gmail.com 802-864-6071

a luxury bus, comfortable for all.....

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Many of my sculptures document time; some tell clock time, while others mark the seasons, casting shadow or light at the equinoxes and at summer and winter solstice. The World Sculpture Project encompasses five sun-aligned sculptures, the earliest in Stanstead, Quebec, and Oslo, Norway, and later ones in Sendai, Japan, Hawaii and Nelson, New Zealand.

Inspiration sometimes comes from curves I see in nature: fiddlehead ferns and tendrils of vines or grasses moving in the wind. I transfer these curves into calligraphic strokes, first with ink and a brush. Later I cut the "strokes" out of steel, bending them into shape with an oxy-acetylene torch. These small works are the maquettes for the much larger, final steel sculptures.

Corten steel is my material of choice. It rusts to a deep dark patina with subtle changes in the soft velvety surface. Stainless steel is more dramatic and I incorporate it when I want a finished surface with signature swirls that reflect light in many directions.

My public work includes WELLSPRING at the Heller School at Brandeis University near Boston, MA; SUNFIX at the Highgate Springs, VT, United States Port of Entry; HIMEGURI at the Mitsubishi Sports Garden in Sendai, Japan; SOLEKKO at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo, Norway and TELLING STONES at Mapua School, Nelson, New Zealand.

I have also worked with many private clients to create sculptures for their urban and country sites.

Frank Phillips, design engineer and fabricator, works with me to create the larger steel works. He manages the fabrication from his studio in Colorado, relying on the steel workshops of Denver to do the difficult rolling and welding of the large steel elements.