GENEVA — Two metal sculptures provided the finishing touches on the city’s just-completed Phase I Lakefront Access Improvement Project.
Andrew Hellmund, a 2014 Hobart College graduate who majored in studio art and architectural studies, created “Horizontal Passages” and “Unfolding.”
The city’s Public Art Committee, which chose the pieces, was attracted to Hellmund’s sculptures after viewing a Hobart and William Smith Colleges Honors Exhibition in the spring of 2013.
“They are attractive and interesting,” said Kathryn Vaughn, who served on the Public Arts Committee during the acquisition process.
“Horizontal Passages” was crafted from recycled metal and other industrial elements. The shape of the piece invokes sailboats and canal machinery, Vaughn said, making it appropriate for a lakefront location.
The city paid $750 for that sculpture.
“Horizontal Passages is made from post-industrial materials and a renovation into art, much like the lakefront,” Vaughn described.
The George D. and Freida B. Abraham Foundation bought “Unfolding” and donated it to the city. Hellmund said that piece depicts the importance of expressing movement from found materials, while expressing hope and upward mobility.
“I strongly believe in recycling,” Hellmund said. “We are surrounded by many more resources than we initially see, so being able to contribute sculpture created from found metal to the lakefront project was really thrilling. From a former industrial corridor to a walkable lake path, to recent renovations, the project is very exciting to see and be a part of.”
Hellmund said he was honored to have his work displayed on the lakefront, which he called a “place of beauty and pride” where his work can be shared with the community.