feather point and universal gathering



Artist's rendering of Feather Point as seen at night in Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park


Feather Point and Universal Gathering by Ohio artist Olga Ziemska will be added to the Dublin Art in Public Places collection in summer 2017. 

Ziemska’s site-specific proposal for a permanent artwork in Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park takes inspiration from the Coat of Arms of Kosciuszo’s native Poland and finds commonality with Bill Moose, known as the last of the Wyandot American Indian Tribe to have lived in Ohio. The first sculptural element, titled Feather Point, will be a 21-foot-tall cast aluminum sculpture patterned from trees found on the site. The subtly lit sculpture will be visible from the intersection of Hard Rd., and Riverside Dr., in Dublin. The second sculptural element, Universal Gathering, will provide a contemplative life cast tree stump accented with a mosaic of glow-in-the-dark aggregate, stone and sand.

Ziemska is a Cleveland-based artist who completed public artwork commissions both nationally and internationally, most recently in Italy and Romania. She is the recipient of many prestigious grants and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship in 2002 and a Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2009 and 2013. Ziemska, born in 1976 as the daughter of Polish immigrants, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio and pursued Master Studies in Sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.


Feather Point in progress at the artist's studio

Ziemska was assisted by a group of community volunteers in gathering native wood from the site to include as a pattern for the cast aluminum portion of the artwork. “She is sensitive to the natural environment and took into consideration how her inspiring proposed artwork will relate to the rest of Dublin’s award-winning collection," said David S. Guion, Executive Director of Dublin Arts Council.

Three finalists' proposals were presented to a jury and members of the community on Feb. 29, 2016. The artists were selected from 149 applicants representing 37 states. Ziemska’s proposal received unanimous support from the jury, and was reinforced decisively by community preference as evidenced by comment cards selected at the conclusion of the presentations. The commission will represent the twelfth she has been awarded since 2009.

The jury included eight members: Peter Kwok Chan, Ph.D., associate professor of Visual Communication Design at The Ohio State University; Curt Gettman, public art contract specialist for the City of Dublin; DAC Executive Director David S. Guion; Fred Hahn, retired director of Parks & Open Space for City of Dublin; Jerry Hayslett, an artist and architectural designer with The Wendy’s Company; Andrea Myers, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Kent State University at Stark, North Canton; Diane Nance, chair, Columbus Art Commission and director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and instructor of arts administration at Otterbein University; and Polish-American Club of Columbus member, Dublin resident and Poland native Iwona Testani.


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artists: 
Olga Ziemska

date commissioned:
2016

future location:
Thaddaeus Kosciuszko Park

address:
Northeast corner of Hard Rd. and Riverside Drive