Boston-based sculptors Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, both members of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, have been collaborating on snow sculptures, public art projects and fire sculpture performances for the last five years as the Myth Makers.
Last year, at an opening reception for sculptor Chakaia Booker’s “Sentinels on Broadway” summer 2014 installation in Manhattan’s Garment District, these two myth makers met Garment District Alliance Vice-President Gerald Scupp. Scupp had seen their work before, liked their aesthetic, and invited Dodson and Moerlein to propose an installation of their own work on Broadway.
Their proposal for “Avian Avatars” was accepted as the Garment District Alliance’s first winter installation of public art in the pedestrian plazas along Broadway.
Dodson and Moerlein built five glorious birds – made from branches and some trash – at the Save That Stuff warehouse in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston. Working as Artists in Residence in Save That Stuff’s CHaRM Center (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials), they created the Avian Avatars, incorporating found objects into their work for the first time.
Says Dodson, “With the city streetscape, our materials had to evolve and encompass new ideas.”
The five bird sculptures were installed on Broadway, between 41st and 36th Streets, situated one per block, on January 3, 2014.
These towering bird pieces are up through April 24, 2015. If you’re in New York City between now and then, go visit the Avian Avatars!
If you’re in Boston, you can see Donna Dodson’s Mighty Lioness sculpture gracing the courtyard at 500 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s SoWa District, situated just behind Cinquecento restaurant.