Sculptor inspired by cityPublished 9:42pm Monday, September 10, 2012
For more than 20 years, Milwaukee-based sculptor Richard Taylor has created pieces often inspired by music. On Friday, Taylor will visit Dowagiac to install a sculpture created and named specifically for the city.
“Abundant Happiness” is the last piece of a three-part series Taylor created to collectively express the emotion of happiness in many ways. The first two sculptures, “Double Happiness” and “Infinite Happiness,” gave way to the theme. Taylor said he wanted to show an “abundant harmony” in which happiness plays a part, such as coexistence or the union between two people in marriage, something that inspired “Double Happiness.”
When Taylor decided on a name for the third and final sculpture, however, he did some research.
“When I did some investigating on Dowagiac’s website, I found that the city’s name came from a Native American word,” Taylor said.
The word “Dowagiac” translates in “foraging ground,” something Taylor said spoke to the city’s abundance in food and game. With that knowledge, he decided on the name “Abundant Happiness.”
The sculpture, made of welded aluminum and covered in a primer and paint, will be placed adjacent to Borgess-Lee Memorial in Farr Park. Currently, a base and teaser sign are in place.
While the sculpture’s dedication is slated for Sept. 28, the installation is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Friday. The public is invited.
“I’ll be there for both,” Taylor said of the two events, the first of which he will help guide the placement of the sculpture. “It’s really important to display it properly since it will be viewable from 360 degrees.”
Taylor said he is most excited to see the sculpture in its final setting.
“I’ve seen photos of the area, but it will be really exciting to see the site and how the sculpture will fit in relation to that site.”
Taylor also said he hopes the sculpture sparks discussion among residents and serves as a reminder for them to seek happiness in their daily lives.
“Hopefully there’s a collective happiness,” Taylor said. “Happiness in coexistence of a city of people in an area of abundance.”