The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts recently commissioned NH artist Nathan Walker to install a large metal sculpture on the front lawn of the Rochester Community Center. The project, which was supported by the Office of Economic and Community Development (City of Rochester) and Rochester Main Street, was completed on November 23rd, 2019. Special thanks to Stan Walker.
“I’ve been an artist for pretty much as long as I can remember, working in animation, graphic design, children’s literature, and sculpture (both 3D and metal). I’ve worked for a wide variety of clients, such as Dora the Explorer, the Union of Concerned Scientists, McGraw-Hill Publishers, Backpacker Magazine, and Highlights for Children. Each new assignment offers me the opportunity to not only fulfill a client’s need, but to further enrich my conceptual and artistic skills…”
“I believe that making a strong statement is not about being loud and flashy. It’s about understanding your audience, knowing your client’s needs, and focusing your creativity in order to develop that perfect artistic concept. I believe that what you say is as important as how you say it; to me, beautiful design speaks volumes. For over 15 years I have been fostering partnerships with my clients to help them create a strong visual statement and to find their own unique voice.” – Nathan Walker, artist.
The sculpture, a nearly 8ft tall Katydid made entirely of recycled metal, stands prominently near the main entrance of the Community Center, welcoming visitors as they enter the building. The RMFA will paint the sculpture in the spring when the weather is warmer.
“On behalf of the City of Rochester, Economic Development Department, we recognize that art not only adds to the quality of life of the community but it spurs commerce – businesses benefit from a community investing in itself with Public Art – it signals to visitors they are welcome, encourages them to linger, to shop, dine, and live.
Rochester Museum of Fine Art’s mission is “Art is for everyone,” and this installation of “Katy” the Katydid, by international artist, Nathan Walker, brings a playful exuberance to the main entrance of Rochester Community Center. We can’t think of a better host at the front door, a warm welcome to the newly renovated recreation area and the art exhibits inside. Bravo!” – Jennifer Murphy Aubin, Public Art Project Liaison, Office of Economic Development, Rochester, NH.
The Rochester Community Center is located at 150 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH. The RMFA is sponsored by the City of Rochester, Rochester Main Street, Waterstone Properties, and Bernier Insurance. Media support by Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, 105.9 WMEX FM, and The Rochester Voice. Visit www.rochestermfa.org for more information.