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Outdoor Sculpture by James Kitchen Displayed on Museum Grounds

Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

September 2, 2010

Saturn, a found-object sculpture by Chesterfield artist James Kitchen, will be on view on the grounds of the Springfield Museums from September 1, 2010 through May 1, 2011.

Kitchen refers to himself as a “clumsy magician.” A found-object sculptor, he rescues and recycles time-worn pieces of metal such as antique machinery, tools and other household objects and configures them into new forms. Kitchen has spent more than eight years working on Saturn. The sculpture contains more than 4,000 welds, measures eight feet across and weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. It recently won best of show at the Paradise City Arts Festival as well as an Award of Excellence in the Arts in the Park exhibition in Worcester in 2009.

Saturn has everything imaginable floating in it,” said Kitchen. “When it is on view a new ring usually appears circling Saturn as a result of so many people walking around and around the sculpture.” Kitchen compares the piece to the Where’s Waldo pictures as it is a form of scavenger hunt. The artist added wheels and faucets that spin and turn to encourage visitors to interact with the art work.

Julia Courtney, Curator of the Springfield Art Museums, said, “Displaying public art on the grounds of the Springfield Museums is part of our mission to support and exhibit living artists.  Saturn is an exciting piece because everyone can relate to the objects it is constructed from, and the overall form is magical.”

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