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The Creve Coeur Arts Committee is proud to introduce Creve Coeur’s newest piece of public art, located outside of the Dielmann Complex. Artist Adam Long installed the sculpture at the site during early May, where it will be on display for the next two years.
The Creve Coeur Arts Committee selected Long’s sculpture as the second installation of its multi-city “Sculpture on the Move” program in collaboration with the Creative Communities Alliance. The first sculpture is currently on display in front of the Shoppes at Westgate, installed late 2016.
Adam shared the story behind his Forest Figure art piece, In An Instant:
Q: What inspired you to create this sculpture?A: A few years ago, a fast and furious storm went through my historic St. Charles neighborhood. It lasted 7 minutes and knocked over several century-old trees. I was inspired to pay homage to them and after a few months of developing my visual thoughts I started sculpting. While working on the piece, I found myself reflecting on my life when I was 16 and my father died suddenly of a heart attack. My life was uprooted in that moment. Thoughts of the natural loss of beloved trees and the human loss of my parent combined to become In An Instant.
Q: How long did it take you to construct this piece?A: Approximately four months of work went into sculpting In An Instant when it was initially designed for interior display. About two more months were needed to prepare it for exterior display.
Q: What’s the meaning behind the sculpture’s title, In An Instant?A: The title reflects on how our lives can be suddenly altered by an unexpected event.
Q: What impact do you hope your artwork has on the viewer?A: I hope that viewers of my sculptures develop an increased appreciation for the natural world around us and not take it for granted. Our lives and the health of our planet are intricately woven. Our small and large actions combined with natural events all impact the whole planet.
Adam currently lives in St. Charles, working as a professional sculptor and an art educator at the university level. His award-winning work has been featured in numerous publications, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Street Scape Magazine, and has been exhibited across the country.