Written by Stone Samuels
August is here already, and the kids will be heading back to school very soon. This time of year marks the end of the summer for the younger generation. Even with the ending of summer for our children, there are still things for them to see and do in the way of visiting the sculptures Downtown; if they have not yet done so.
That is one of the great things about art. It is not just for one group of people, but for everyone to admire and appreciate. Thanks to The Arts Council and the city of Fayetteville, N.C., we have just that.
The amount of time that this wonderful artwork will be exhibited in the area is falling short, and although this is unfortunate, due to the great success of these exhibitions, there should be many more slated to come.
When writing this installment of the Sculpture Culture series, I decided to change it up just a little and show the culture in a different light – literally. The photos that were taken were shot at night. When you need to get out of the house, venture Downtown and check out the nightlife.
Going out at night and viewing the sculptures in the Downtown area gives a person a whole new appreciation for the work that is put forth by the various artists who have donated their work to the area.
Over these past months, having the sculptures in our area has brought me back fond memories of living in New York City as a younger man. Living in that area, seeing amazing artwork sometimes gets lost, because it is always there for you to see on a daily basis. For this journalist, having these amazing pieces of art to see daily brings back a taste of home.
The sculpture that we are covering this month is called, “Be Still and Know” by a sculptor named John Merigian. With a title like that, it makes you wonder what the sculptor was thinking as he was putting in his work?
Sculptors, artists, photographers, and various other creative-minded people go through a lot of different thought processes to bring their work to fruition. In this sculptor’s case, he likes to keep things rather simplistic and easy on the eyes.
About John Merigian
John Merigian grew up around the inner city of Detroit. The streets of this city are as tough as they come. Growing up in this area, there are many pitfalls for a person to fall into, but luckily, he was able make his way toward the positive things in life; this is where he picked up his love for art (and sculpting in particular). There are many artistic influences in the Motor City. John attended Cranbrook High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where he received a full scholarship. He worked with sculptor Michael Hall during his senior year at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He went to gain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He went on to gain a master’s degree in Sculpture from Wayne State University in his hometown of Detroit.
John uses his sculptures to show the relationships and connections between people. The sculptures demonstrate both human internal and external realities and relationships. His sculpture displays usually have more than one item within the display. The one here in Fayetteville is a single sculpture.
John has his work displayed in my different venues around the nation; galleries, parks, private collections, and so forth. John’s work is sought after by many. Hopefully, the Arts Council and the city of Fayetteville can come together and get more of this artist’s work for the people of Fayetteville to look at and appreciate.