Artists to create sculptures for downtown Norman

Members of the Norman Arts Council and Norman Public Arts Board have selected two artists to design, create and install sculptures for the 200 and 300 blocks of W Main Street.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: September 1, 2012
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Two artists have been selected to create sculptures for downtown Norman.

The works by Jonathan Hils and Craig Swan will be installed in the 200 and 300 blocks of W Main. Unveiling of the public art is tentatively set for November.

Hils and Swan were among four artists who presented scale models of proposed art pieces for the downtown area. Members of the Norman Arts Council and Norman Public Arts Board made the final selections based on interviews with the artists and comments submitted by the public.

Hils' piece, entitled “Silver Lining,” is a silver cloud formation shaped by a manipulation of Norman's downtown streets and laid out as a weather vane. Hils has been a sculptor and educator more than 14 years, exhibiting work across the United States.

Swan's sculpture, “Sun Dial” is a steel piece, brick red with a chemical patina. It features cutouts of scissor-tailed flycatchers that will cast shadows on the surrounding sidewalk.

Swan moved to Norman in 2009 after receiving a bachelor's degree in sculpture from Boston University. He has been teaching sculpture at the Firehouse Art Center for three years.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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