Earlier this year Kevin Marchetti’s, “Fuego” sculpture was unveiled as the inaugural sculpture of the Art for Gulf Breeze project and Kevin’s friend Lou-Mitchell Courtney is the fellow artist who had originally put Kevin together with the Gulf Breeze committee. As this blog has mentioned before, Kevin and the Renaissance Man Crew were also to be an integral part of the Lou-Mitchell Courtney offering, “Starlight”, which was unveiled this past Wednesday.
Kevin and Lou-Mitchell Courtney have been involved with each others careers for many years now going back to their time together as colleagues in a regional artists guild. Lou-Mitchell Courtneys’ classical art training was in painting and sculpting, concentrating on landscape and the human figure. She had spent seven years in the furniture industry, designing and building original sculptural prototypes for the companies Lane, Basset Glass, Thomasville (Four Corners Collection) and Casa Bique, among others, at which point she was a member of the American Society of Furniture Designers.
Courtney’s primary medium is clay, and this collaboration with Kevin and Renaissance Man allowed her to design a sculpture on paper – as she would have in the clay medium – then have a model and final product produced in stainless steel.
Kevin offered design input on the legs and base of the sculpture, and Roger Craft – who had done the engineering work on Fuego – helped with the structural engineering of Starlight.
The sculpture is rendered in stainless steel with a concrete base, and stands twenty-two feet tall. The upper part being marine grade 3/16 steel, and the bottom 1/4″ 304 stainless. Lighting is an LED system that transitions between warm red and cool blue-white hues.
Courtney describes the design as an abstract that allows viewers to find their own personal meaning.
“I am interested in how our perception of those shapes can grab submerged memories and feelings and bring them to the surface for examination and, in the process of turning them over, imbue them with new meaning”.
The cost of the sculpture is being underwritten by Gulf Breeze-based AppRiver. The company was founded in 2002 and maintains multiple, secure data centers in the United States, Europe and Asia.
We are grateful for yet another wonderful opportunity to dedicate our practical and creative energies into beautifying the region. Remember, you can click on any image to view story as slideshow and as always we welcome your questions and comments.