Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust Unveils Third Placement
The Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust (HOST) has unveiled “Monk,” its third public sculpture placement, on the plaza of the Rising Sun Lodge No.15 F&AM at 16 Kings Highway East.
“Monk” was created by Harry Gordon and will be on display in Haddonfield until the first quarter of 2016.
“Monk” joins “Uno” by Miguel Antonio Horn and “Muse” by Joe Mooney as HOST placements. “Uno,” which was sited on June 8, 2013 and has become a permanent addition to the Borough streetscape thanks to a significant donation to the Trust by the Stainrook Foundation, is located in the Mechanic Street Sculpture Garden at Mechanic street and Haddon Avenue.
“Muse,” which was unveiled on September 9th of this year, is sited in the entrance plaza garden of the Republic Bank branch at Kings Highway and Chestnut Street.
All three works were chosen by HOST ‘s Selection Advisory Committee, which includes Robert Roesch, chair of the Department of Sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; renowned artist and Haddonfield resident, John Giannotti (the creator of “Haddie,” which commemorates the discovery of an intact Hadrosaurus skeleton in Haddonfield); artist and sculptor Beth Wagner; Allie Westerside, a member of the arts faculty at Haddonfield Memorial High School, and HOST chair Stuart Harting, who also serves as a member of the Borough’s Planning Board.
The Trust was also responsible for the installation of sixteen 12” x 12” tiles created by art student at Haddonfield memorial High School, under the direction of Westerside. The tiles line the walls of Mechanic Street (between Kings Highway and Haddon Avenue) as they depict Mechanic Street as the historical transportation center of Haddonfield.
According to Harting, “the Trust is achieving its goal to transform this walkable, attractive and historically significant borough into a significant center for juried outdoor sculpture in the great tradition of public art.”
The members of the initial Trust board include—in addition to Harting, Roesch, and Wagner—Christopher Leise, Esq. of the Markeim Arts Center, architect Tom Wagner, and Michael Willmann, chair of the Non Profit Development Center of Southern New Jersey.