Client: Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Location: Stillwater, MN, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $100,000
Forecast Public Art
Adolfson & Peterson Construction
The Automation Group
Pastor Dale Stiles
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
The sculpture’s purpose is to serve as the focal point of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church entrance.
The sculpture consists of five 24-foot-high poles; it is crowned with a set of 10 symbolic petals, made of a stainless steel screen material. The suspended petals are held in position by stainless steel cables. Five of the petals remain in fixed position, while the other five can be adjusted —‘closed’ or ‘fully open’ —at any point within a desired timeframe. The five movable petals of the sculpture form a symbolic Luther Rose. This iconic image was the liturgical foundation for the concept
Perhaps the best single word to describe my approach is ‘confluence.’ Over the years, my work has demonstrated a purposeful co-mingling of the two disciplines of architecture and sculpture. Architecturally integrated art is a constant and prominent feature in all of my projects. My intention is always to create an artwork that is site-specific and engages the site both physically and conceptually. I aim to incorporate different layers of meaning into my work, and I always look for the best solution and most appropriate media for each particular situation.
Among many things, our “Blossom” sculpture is representative of the complex and rewarding journey of learning and growth: it reaches from the ‘seed’ of an idea toward a vibrant bloom.
The 32’ tall sculpture was fabricated by AeroFab and installed with the help of Adolfson & Peterson Construction.
The final installation is the result of intense collaboration between artist, the art committee and the contractors.
Most important to me, however, is that after all our joint efforts, the congregation – the public — has a strong and meaningful relationship with the resulting sculpture.
My special thanks to the Art Committee Chairs: Marilyn Meier, Gwen L Johnson and Dave Colburn.
The experience of this sculptural installation reaches its highest point of celebration when its petals move upward, taking the shape of a “praying” rose. A subtle but dynamic light show accompanies the petals’ movements