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Lifting the Landscape: Christopher Curtis

Date/Time

Mar 17, 2018 to Aug 26, 2018
10:00 AM until 05:00 PM

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Description

The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26.

Curtis works primarily in stone and he often incorporates sculptural welded stainless steel or bronze into his pieces. He began working with stone under the instruction of Paul Aschenbach at the University of Vermont.  Though Curtis employs current technology in his work, his abiding fascination is with raw stone. He sees in each stone both its ancient history and its unique shape. 

 “I begin not with quarried blocks but with raw stones as they are found in nature,” says Curtis, “Each one, with its time-honed patina, tells a story of a very long personal past.  The stones pass through the present very quickly and, with altered identities, continue their journeys into an unimaginably long future.”

For Curtis, stones are objects, not just material. That makes the discovery, selection and recovery of the stone an important and enjoyable part of his work. Curtis has studied the geologic history of his native Vermont, following the ancient lines of glaciers and inland seas to find stones whose stories resonate with the sculptures they become.

The exhibit will include six large pieces by Curtis placed at venues along the Lakeside Promenade. 

An opening reception for Mr. Curtis will be on Thursday, March 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. and Curtis will also be one of three featured speakers at the Botanical Symposium on Saturday, April 14. Pieces in the exhibit are available for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Botanic Garden. 

Christopher Curtis’ work is represented in over 250 private collections in the U.S. In addition, he has many significant public commissions, including among others: the U.S. Federal Reserve, Washington, DC; Red Rocks Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada; Reservoir Woods, Waltham, Massachusetts; University of Arkansas Medical School, Little Rock; and the U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark. Curtis works from his studio in Stowe, Vermont.

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Starting March 15, the Garden will stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.The Garden is located 8 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa. For more information call 918-289-0330.

Cost

FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Location

View map Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK

Additional Information

Sponsor

Tulsa Botanic Garden

Phone

918-289-0330

Contact name

Lori Hutson

Contact email

info@tulsabotanic.org

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