Client: Terra Mar Centers
Location: Whittier, CA, United States
Completion date: 2011
Artwork budget: $35,500
Terra Mar Centers
Jill Casty Glass Art
“Welcome Friends,” painted steel, in tones that are vibrant yet coordinate with the colors of the center that the sculpture signals. 18’ high x 17’ wide, a joint project of The Quad Shopping Center and The City of Whittier. Its design is a delightful abstraction of a treelike form with open, welcoming arms on an always bright and sunny day. It has a certain solidity and an almost playful, airy quality at the same time. The sculpture is placed strategically at the corner of the center at a major intersection of the city.
“Welcome Friends” establishes a friendly relationship between the center and the city by capturing a festive echoing of the sculpture’s surroundings, the abundant trees of Whittier, California. The title of the work itself connotes this positive, friendly relationship by calling to mind the Quaker history and traditions of the city.
Other sculptures displayed represent another aspect of my art. I create ensembles of fused glass and metals. Whether hanging or standing, these sculptures produce a welcoming atmosphere of grace and beauty for corporate and private settings. They are designed to be displayed within both interior and exterior sites ranging from large scale public spaces to more personal working and individual locations.