Artist ‘delighted’ with ‘Native Color’ set in Bartlesville’s Unity Square
“Native Color,” the innovative new art installation / aquatic feature at Tower Center in Unity Square, has already created a buzz with curious visitors.
The vibrant public artwork, created by Kansas City artist Amie J. Jacobsen, features a grove of vivid stainless steel and thick cast glass Indian blanket flowers frequented by colorful bees.
As part of the official unveiling of the work on Friday, June 4, Jacobsen will speak at 5 p.m. in Unity Square about his inspiration and the creation of the sculpture.
Jacobsen says she looks forward to giving the talk alongside her new public artwork.
“I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the people of Bartlesville so much. Everyone I have worked with is friendly, supportive, and excited about the piece. Which gift! Jacobsen said.
The artist says she also plans to talk about how she got into metalworking and how her experiences influence what she does. She will also discuss the design process and how a concept moves from the idea stage to the blueprints to be built as well as the manufacturing process – the actual construction and installation of the part.
Jacobsen’s creation was selected from over 30 submissions received from around the world. She not only creates public sculptures visible across the country, but is also a graphic designer, produces handcrafted furniture and has illustrated 12 children’s books. In 2017, Jacobsen opened her own studio where she creates functional artwork and furniture as well as monumental artwork.
Jacobsen says the process of creating “Native Colors” took a little over a year from concept to installation and was inspired by Oklahoma’s official wildflower, Gaillardia pulchella – commonly known as Indian Blanket.
“I am most often inspired by nature, especially plants and insects, and much of my work reflects that. I wanted to create a piece that had a direct relationship with the people of Bartlesville, so I felt the state symbol was a way to make that connection, ”Jacobsen said.
“The term ‘Indian blanket’ is an obvious reference to Native Americans, and besides being a native species of wildflowers, I think it also makes a nice reference to the Native American history of the area. Finally, the bees at the top are a symbol of the community working together for the common good. “
Friday’s art conference is sponsored by Price Tower. Rick Loyd, Executive Director of the Price Tower Arts Center, salutes Jacobsen’s role in the installation’s opening celebration.
“When Tower Center in Unity Square invited Amie Jacobsen to be here for the official unveiling of her incredible sculpture, Price Tower Education Director Price Connor invited her to speak knowing it would be fascinating. to hear the story about his inspiration and how the sculpture was made and installed, ”said Loyd. “It’s going to be a great night downtown, also with live music after Amie’s talk as part of the ‘Sizzlin’ summer series. ”
Connor says Jacobsen’s “Native Colors” seems to really incorporate architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s love for nature, making it the “perfect bridge” between Bartlesville Community Center and Price Tower.
“The coin takes on a deeper meaning once people realize that the flowers reflect our Native American heritage and represent Oklahoma’s official wildflower,” Connor said. “I want people to hear it talk and see this work not only as a beautiful piece of art… but as something more meaningful to our community.”
Residents are invited to stay after Jacobsen’s lecture to enjoy Unity Square’s first “Summer Sizzlin ‘” series. A free outdoor concert featuring the Get Down Band will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. The event will also offer activities for children, food trucks and vendor stands.
More information can be found at unitysquarebville.com.
Jacobsen said she was pleased with the way “Native Colors” is situated on the hometown of Unity Square, and she looks forward to celebrating her dedication with the Bartlesville community.
“I think it fits perfectly. I was so impressed with the beauty of the park. It’s a lovely space, and a lot of thought has gone into how these sculptures should fit into the overall layout and landscaping of the park.
“Everything went as planned and I am delighted with the setting.”