Ascentiate Dedication Remarks by Marci Blumberg

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“Ascentiate” Dedication Remarks
July 27, 2018

“After a year of intense work alongside my amazing wife, assistants and the wonderful memorial board, I stand here today, honored and humbled to have been entrusted with the creation of this memorial.  That I have been allowed to use my creative gift in some small way, to help facilitate healing and closure makes this moment uniquely special for me…and I am very grateful.

This entire memorial site, infused with beauty, is intended as a place of reflection and healing.  It is intended as a place of remembrance, and it is also intended to be a place of beauty.  The beauty and power of fine-art communicates a multitude of meanings to each of us individually.  To me, this place communicates that beauty can arise from ugliness.  It communicates that a diverse community can come together and produce a positive and uplifting response to a horrific and mystifying event…and, to me, the great universal power, unexplainably embedded within art, leads me to the supernatural source of that power, and in this, I find unshakeable resolve and peace beyond understanding.

My prayer today is that this memorial fulfills the purposes for which it was created.  For wrestling and healing… for questioning and closure… for grieving and for peace… for strength and love and for times of sweet reflection.”

 

Convergence by Marci Blumberg

 Just installed a piece completely unique to my body of work.  Comprised of over 3,000 individual rings to create a 20 foot tall ethereal human figure, "Convergence" graces the Unified State Laboratory campus in Salt Lake City.  

Just installed a piece completely unique to my body of work.  Comprised of over 3,000 individual rings to create a 20 foot tall ethereal human figure, "Convergence" graces the Unified State Laboratory campus in Salt Lake City.  

"Well Red" by Marci Blumberg

 A blustery and rainy evening was the setting for the celebratory opening of the new lakefront Alumni Park at the University of Wisconsin, MadisonThe crowd was not hindered by the weather and with great fanfare they were enthusiastically greeted with the grand entrance of Bucky Badger, the well-loved scamp of a mascot, who arrived on a Harley Davidson motorcycle for the crowning moment they had all been waiting for - the unveiling of the sculpture of … Bucky himself!  The sculpture of Bucky Badger, titled “Well Red” was uniquely created in bronze, stainless steel and stained glass (stained glass by artist Dan Neil Barnes) with the famous ‘W’ jersey illuminated.  It was a great evening! The sculpture was well received by all!  We are very thankful to have had the opportunity for such a fun and uplifting project.  Go Badgers!   https://www.alumnipark.com/exhibits/bucky-sculpture/    

A blustery and rainy evening was the setting for the celebratory opening of the new lakefront Alumni Park at the University of Wisconsin, MadisonThe crowd was not hindered by the weather and with great fanfare they were enthusiastically greeted with the grand entrance of Bucky Badger, the well-loved scamp of a mascot, who arrived on a Harley Davidson motorcycle for the crowning moment they had all been waiting for - the unveiling of the sculpture of … Bucky himself!  The sculpture of Bucky Badger, titled “Well Red” was uniquely created in bronze, stainless steel and stained glass (stained glass by artist Dan Neil Barnes) with the famous ‘W’ jersey illuminated.  It was a great evening! The sculpture was well received by all!  We are very thankful to have had the opportunity for such a fun and uplifting project.  Go Badgers!

https://www.alumnipark.com/exhibits/bucky-sculpture/