Okay, so here’s the thing. A lot of public art, and this is the sort of thing that you never really notice until you’re specifically looking for it, a lot of art is not labeled. At all. It’ll be just this big, metal object in the middle of some vaguely park-like area. And I don’t know if you’ve heard, but metal is like a hugely popular medium for sculptures these days. You want two pieces of metal to stick together, you’re going to weld them.
I got down to Providence about 6:00, hoping to catch some good evening light. As soon as I got in the vicinity of South Main Street, there was a park right there, and a big-ass metal sculpture right at the corner of the park nearest me. Piece of cake, I figured. I parked. Walked up to the sculpture, and not too far away was another sculpture. Now I have a predicament. And to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure this was even the right park. I walked around a bit. I found three war memorials, which didn’t quite match the description, but I figured it was a good sign, because if there was another park on South Main Street there weren’t really enough wars left over. I found plaques dedicating the park to Gardner and Jackson, so I was in the right place.
Nothing to do but take pictures of both sculptures. I had a 24-exposure roll of film, and I would have been a little hard pressed to shoot that many pictures of one sculpture anyway. I picked one, took about ten shots and then walked over to the other. Took a couple more pictures, and as I was framing the next one, I noticed something. “What’s that tall, black thing back there among the trees?”, I thought to myself. This one had a plaque, “Welded Iron Sculpture”, by Charters de Almeida. I finished the roll.
I hope the pictures come out. That park was in the shadows from some of the tall buildings downtown. I may head down again next weekend and try for some shots in morning light.