Syracuse Public Artist in Residence
Syracuse Public Artist in Residence, Brendan Rose, is working with Syracuse University Industrial and Interaction Design students and community participants to create a public art sculpture that will sit above the Onondaga Creek along the newly developed Armory Square section of the Creekwalk. The goal of the installation is to act as a symbolic and formal reminder of the importance of our relationship with the Onondaga Creek.
In the development of this sculpture, the design team investigated common perceptions of public artworks in Syracuse and around the world, and also tried to understand people’s view of the downtown location of the Onondaga Creek. Based on this investigation, the team felt it was important for their design to serve as an iconic, engaging piece that marks and draws attention the creek as it travels through city. In addition, it was hoped that a design could speak to our community’s re-commitment to caring for the creek, a once wonderful natural resource that had been tainted through people’s neglect and abuse.
Just as Onondaga Creek appears sporadically as one travels throughout Syracuse, the sculpture, taking the form of a serpent-like creature, will appear and disappear alongside the Creekwalk. Its undulating form will mimic the flow of water, while its strong, attentive presence will embody the protective nature of the community’s renewed relationship to the creek.
Follow the project at: installsyracuse.org
to learn more about the artist himself: brendanrose.com