Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Public Art Installed at Fire Station #7

The sculpture “Second Chances” is the last in the series of the public art exhibits to be installed in Roanoke city. It portrays escaping fish from the mouth of an 8 foot tall pelican made of steel, copper, brass and aluminum. This temporary piece will remain at Fire Station #7 located at 1742 Memorial Avenue until April, 2010, and is available for sale by artist, Eldon Slick of Tucson, Arizona. The sculpture proudly wears the Fire Station #7 badge duly noted by the crew on duty Saturday.
Slick was sipping coffee and chatting with the 30 plus people who attended the Saturday morning “Meet the Artist” reception saying that this sculpture, “depicts the second chance we all have in life.” Food was provided by the Village Grille. At 63, Eldon, admitted to being a “child of the 60s.” He said his siblings were physicists and doctors and he just did not fit that mold. Slick is a self-taught sculptor, painter, and writer with 40 years in the fields of metal arts, commercial design, painting, and publishing. He owns a fine art, commercial design, and fab
rication business, with emphasis on public artworks.
On hand was the City Manager Darlene Burcham, Fire Chief David Hoback, Battalion Chief Dale Barker, Doug Jackson Chairman of the Roanoke Arts Commission, and Susan Jennings Roanoke City’s Public Art Coordinator. Six other Station #7 Fire and EMS crew members stood patiently with Chief Hoback and Battalion Chief Barker while Doug and others snapped pictures of them with the sculpture.
The youngest art admirer was Rowan Gilmer who while hoisted on his father’s shoulders delighted as artist, Eldon Slick moved the Pelican’s mouth as the fish inside attempted to escape.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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