VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – (October 2013) – The Public is invited to join the City of Virginia Beach, the Public Art Virginia Beach Foundation and the Artist, Jeff Laramore, as we dedicate The Wave to the citizens of Virginia Beach on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place at Gateway Park, which is adjacent to the roundabout on Laskin Road, west of Holly Road. Paid parking is available in the parking garage at 31st Street and Pacific Ave. To access the Gateway Park, walk west on 32nd Street. The Park is on the right, overlooking the marina.
The 35-foot stainless steel sculpture rests in a 35-foot wide reflecting pool inside the Laskin Road roundabout. The strategic placement of the sculpture provides a strong sense of arrival to the Resort Area. The sculpture was funded by private donations raised from the community by the Public Art Virginia Beach Foundation.
The Wave has an open design that will allow high winds to pass through reducing resistance. To ensure longevity, the sculpture is fabricated out of a combination of stainless steel plates and stainless steel cables. And, the sculpture is enhanced with a colorful display of LED programmed lighting for visibility in the evening.
About the Artist
Laramore is a nationally recognized artist who has focused on creating three-dimensional, site-specific executions that strive to bring people together and capture a strong sense of place. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, his public artworks have integrated many different materials, including water, glass, bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel. Reflecting a thorough understanding of space and environment, Laramore’s works balance abstraction with accessibility—refining simple forms with layers of meaning. To learn more, visit jefflaramore.com.
About the Public Art Virginia Beach Foundation, Inc.
The Public Art Virginia Beach Foundation, Inc. was formed in December 2012 to raise private dollars to enhance public spaces with works of art throughout the city. The mission of the Foundation is to transform Virginia Beach with exciting and beautiful works of art in strategic public locations and to foster the creation and appreciation of art. Modeled after similar non-profit organizations in Virginia, New York and California, the Foundation’s goal is to showcase Virginia Beach as a welcoming and creative city that takes great pride in our public spaces.
Public Art Virginia Beach Foundation will continue to identify, select and commission works of art by venerated professional artists for installation in public spaces. The organization will provide adequate resources for the activities of the organization through a commitment to fundraising, and all projects are privately funded. For more information, visit www.vbpublicart.org.
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