Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Quadrangle Green
This large static sculpture measures twenty-six feet high by seven feet wide and is constructed with over two tons of plate steel. The work is loaned by artist Donald Gerola and will be on site at the Museums until May 2010. The sculpture also was the centerpiece of the Rhode Island Flower Show in 2007. At the show, many visitors commented that the sculpture reminded them of a Dr. Seuss invention and this encouraged Gerola to approach the Museums as a potential site for the work.
Gerola studied physics at The University of Dayton, Ohio. Initially a painter, Gerola began to incorporate his engineering background into his art work in 1980 by completing a monumental water fountain which was computer controlled with laser beams and jets of flaming gas. Then he turned to sculpture. He created two 25-foot mobiles that were the centerpieces of the Washington, D.C., and New York International Art Expos.
Gerola's Water Street Sculpture Garden, in Milford, Pennsylvania, was the next chapter in his artistic career. This indoor and outdoor gallery was a showplace of modern paintings, steel sculpture, and water systems. The Garden remained open for fourteen years.
In 2006, Gerola returned to Rhode Island, where he is fabricating both intimate and monumental kinetic wind sculptures. His dream is to chase the wind, probe the laws of gravity, and use this knowledge to impact the world of sculpture.