Many Waters

Submitted by Andy Yoder

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Client: Peter B. Lewis Aquatic Therapy Center

Location: Beachwood, OH, United States

Completion date: 1999

Artwork budget: $25,000

Project Team

Artist

Andy Yoder

Public Art Agent

Menorah Park

Overview

Commissioned by Menorah Park for the Peter B. Lewis Aquatic Therapy Center. The words on the preservers spell out a proverb from the Song of Solomon “Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it.” The intent is to provide support to viewers, many of whom are dealing with loss or decline, much like actual life preservers.

Goals

This artwork was commissioned as a gesture of appreciation to the donor who paid for the new aquatic therapy center. I used the life preservers as a metaphor, as described above, but also to make the piece site-specific to its location, next to the pool.

Process

I was given free rein to come up with a piece, and the only limit was the budget. Once the board approved the concept and sketch, it was just a matter of coordinating the fabrication, and then installation.

Additional Information

This was a piece that inspired emotional responses from viewers, which I didn't anticipate, but found extremely gratifying. Also, I wish I had cast it as an edition!