College to Unveil Sculpture Installation

Brunswick, GA With the January 25th dedication of the Correll Center for Teacher Education and Learning, the newest building on the College of Coastal Georgia campus, a sculptural symbol of the power of education will also be unveiled. “Unlock,” a commissioned sculpture by artist Jim Jones, will be unveiled in the lobby of the Correll Center immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony which begins at 1 p.m.

“Unlock” is Jones’ first large-scale public installation. A native of the Golden Isles, Jones moved to New York to study sculpture, where he attended The Art Students League of New York. He now splits his time between the two areas.

“Locally, I’m probably better known for my paintings, particularly my landscapes and live oaks. But in the past couple of years, I’ve shown sculpture as well. Outside the area, my sculpture is better known I think a stronger, more individual statement of my work as an artist,” he says.

After being approached by College President Valerie Hepburn and gallery owner Mildred Huie Wilcox to design a piece for the lobby of the Correll Center, Jones pondered the purpose of the building and of education. “The image of the key and lock emerged, as I thought about unlocking the mind, the world, success. I began to adapt the idea as I began working with the architecture and space. The hanging key, for instance, provides visual uplift in a two-story space. The books, keys and lock are a metaphor not only for education, but also for unlocking other aspects of life.”

Jones turned to Dustin Cathey, owner of The Concrete Cure in Brunswick, to cast the sculpture. The large sculpture was a first for Cathey as well, who specializes in custom-designed concrete countertops and flooring.

“The sculpture weighs about 3,100 pounds,” Cathey notes. “Each book weighs 400 pounds and the lock is about 650 pounds. We used threaded rods to assemble the book stack. Jim made models from paper and plaster, then I created the molds with rubber to cast the concrete in a multi-step process.”

Jones cast the bronze keys, one of which is suspended from the ceiling.

The Left Bank Gallery on St. Simons Island regularly features Jones’ paintings and he has work hanging in several local private collections, including The Cloister, as well as in the Huie-Wilcox Gallery of the College. Jones’ sculpture is currently on exhibit at the Averitt Center for the Arts of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Release Date: 1/14/2013
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

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