As a follow-on to my blog post about the International Sculpture Symposium, I wanted to take a day-in-the-life moment to capture the artists at work. This is one of the highlights of this yearly event. People can stop by throughout the day during the entire month to watch the artists create their sculptures. John Weidman, the Symposium Artistic Director, encourages visitors to stop by and ask questions.
Watching the sculptors at work took me back in time to when I was a child. I remember watching my father create little works of art at home and outside in his garden. He liked working with wood, clay, cement and other natural elements he would find. I recall him decorating and painting a dome he created to cover a Virgin Mary Garden Statue. He placed the statue in the front yard, so when people drove by they could see it. My father looked most at peace when he was creating something with his hands. It’s satisfying to know this made him happy.
While doing research I found out that Amgalan Tsevegmid’s childhood imagination and travels with his own father still inspires his artwork today. His website shows a collection of many of his works.
Lasha’s Khidasheli’s inspiration comes from his classical foundation in the arts and is what inspired him to dream and express his creativity through sculpture. He is also an educator and loves to share his experiences and knowledge.
The closing ceremony will be held this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. I look forward to the unveiling of the newest art sculptures and the stories they will tell.