PVDFest 2020 Public Artist – Jerold Ehrlich

Artist Bio:

“A wine merchant, a construction consultant specializing in historic rehabs, I now spend my most of my time thinking and building sculpture. I have pieces in the collections of universities, corporations, hotels, and private individuals here and abroad. I’ve had solo shows in galleries and museums, and I have pieces in outdoor sculpture parks.

I started making sculptures when I was around ten. I just didn’t know that’s what I was doing.  When I got to college, I took a sculpture class and had that aha moment “I could do this for the rest of my life!” My materials of choice are objects found around large construction sites where I spent a lot of time in one of my other lives. These objects can be either incorporated into or the inspiration for a piece: with a humorous nod to their original intended use I like to reuse them in unintended ways to explore the relationship between man and nature, the energy between tension and compression, balance and collapse, container and contained to allow us to capture and appreciate a moment in time.”

Finishing touches at the studio. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground”
Location: City Hall Apron

“The title, ‘head in the clouds feet on the ground,’ reflects the intersection of creative inspiration and practical application that are both required to make things happen to achieve insightful growth and the thoughtful inspired change that we continue to see in the City.   The high polished swirl finish of the clouds floating and spinning on the striding forward solid black legs will be an eye catching, humorous, but thought-provoking sculpture that will be secured to a one ton precast 6”x4’x7’ concrete slab to insure stability and allow for months of visual animated interaction with site lines all around Kennedy Plaza.”

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