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2016 Walking Sculpture Tour

Photo: Eclipse
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Eclipse

Tim James & Aidan Demarais
Minnesota
Materials: Steel
Sponsors:
Gislason & Hunter LLP
Selling Price: Not Available for Sale

Artist Statement:

There is something poetic about a circle. Circles tell a narrative, they mimic compasses, evoke horizons, produce dramatic spaces and stir a longing for cosmic exploration. Eclipse is a tribute to the moon’s power, its contemplative revolutions, its ever-changing shape, and its unsolved mysteries. Many of the pieces used in this sculpture are test pads created by welding students at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School.

About Tim James & Aidan Demarais

Art has profoundly affected the life of Tim James for as long as he can remember. He started creating artwork realistically, until a two-year journey to Athens, Greece influenced a transformation to abstraction. James was born in Mankato, Minnesota. He received his Master’s Degree in Education and his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Minnesota State University. His artwork can be found in a variety of media around Southern Minnesota including six pieces in the permanent collection at South Central College. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the years, and he has been the recipient of regional awards. Much of Tim James’ inspiration comes from being an art teacher at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton. Learn More

Being an Industrial Arts instructor is a profession that Aidan Demarais chose for many reasons. It gives him the freedom to be creative, the chance to help others, and the opportunity to be a leader. Recently, the creative aspect of Aidan’s teaching profession compelled him to experiment artistically with different mediums. For as long as he can remember, he has made furniture, welded projects, constructed buildings, poured concrete, and repaired mechanical equipment. This hasn’t changed, but now he lets the materials he’s working with guide him to the final product. For example, when Aidan make a piece of furniture, he lets the natural beauty of the wood, the knots, the bark and the grain, determine the outcome. While helping to create public sculptures, Aidan used these same techniques with metal.