2017-06-02 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

14 Sculptors On The Rock To Premier This Weekend

Carmen and Laura Frank’s sculpture, “Life in the Rockaways.” Carmen and Laura Frank’s sculpture, “Life in the Rockaways.” The “14 Sculptors Inc. on the Rock” exhibit, which has been creating a buzz among locals and visitors in recent weeks, is ready to launch.

The 15-site, 16-artist and 17-sculpture exhibit will officially premiere on the peninsula with an opening celebration on Saturday, June 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the Beach 94th Street Plaza.

In keeping with our extended coverage of the sculpture exhibition, here are two more artists who have beautified Shore Front Parkway with their unique sculptures.

In a mother-daughter collaboration, Rockaway residents Carmen and Laura Frank, created a seascape featuring a whale fin for Beach 108th Street.

“We named it “Life in the Rockaways” and it was created mainly as an homage to living here in Rockaway,” Laura told The Wave.

“We wanted to emphasize also, since we’re close to the ocean, we’re close to the idea of keeping our environment clean and our oceans clean, so, that’s something that we wanted to express greatly and it especially [shows up] in the type of materials that we used.”

Stan Squirewell sculpture, “Unity.” Stan Squirewell sculpture, “Unity.” Carmen and Laura used reclaimed wood from the Rockaway Boardwalk and upcycled wood from a New York City playground. They used the materials to create a “crisscross” design, in the style of the old Boardwalk, Laura says. “The idea was to show a moment of joy and beauty through the life in the ocean,” said Laura, “and also that, if we want to enjoy what we have, we need to be conscious of what we do in respecting [the environment].”

The duo urges onlookers to get close to the sculpture; there are details within the creation that you might not see from far away.

Stan Squirewell, another artist lending his talent to the exhibition, also wanted to present a strong message behind his sculpture, called “Unity.”

“It was inspired by a series that I started off last year when I was at the Anderson Ranch in Colorado, said Squirewell. “This was just about the time of the election and when Trump took office. It seemed like everybody was a little down and I just thought about how I could respond to that.”

The sculpture, which is located at Beach 91st Street, draws inspiration from poetry, politics and spiritual and religious notions of peace and unity. Squirewell hopes that the sculpture, which incorporates the image of mandala, will resonate with onlookers.

“I thought about everything that was going on and it’s happening all across the country,” Squirewell said. “I was thinking about a visual image that would attract people in some way to think about their lives in a different and positive way.”

The sculpture exhibition will run through Oct. 9 and spans Shore Front Parkway from Beach 74th Street to Beach 108th Street.

For more information and a calendar of free events, visit www.14sculptors.com.

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