A new public sculpture was unveiled at Open Space at Speedwell located at 51 Prospect St. next to the Modera 44 and Modera 55 apartments on Tuesday, July 12.
Partner organizations Morris Arts, Topology and CORE Creative Placemaking were among the attendees.
This sculpture was part of an international selection process released in June 2018, which selected and commissioned Nathan S. Pierce of Cape Girardeau, Mo., for the project in early 2019.
After some pandemic-related delays, including material shortages, the sculpture was installed on the morning of July 12 and officially presented to the public shortly thereafter.
“I am thrilled and grateful that my work is an integral part of your community and helping it grow in its new direction,” Pierce said.
Pierce’s piece called “Convergent” is an 8-foot-tall stainless steel structure accented with light blue, amber, and fluorescent green acrylic panels.
“So ‘Convergent’ – the idea behind the piece is that the circular shapes kind of bring the gaze back to itself in different ways and it also becomes a metaphor for how this development has become part of the community he serves,” Pierce said.
Speaking about the initiative and the public art, Mayor Timothy Dougherty said:[Art’s] it’s all part of our living culture – our thread that holds everything together. We were looking forward to this; we are so excited and we are so grateful to be able to produce and be a part of this unveiling and what it means for our community.
The ‘Convergent’ sculpture is the second public artwork commissioned from Morristown’s One Percent for Art program, launched in 2015 and created by Morris Arts, a non-profit organization that works to promote art and culture. culture in the community.
One Percent for Art is an initiative that states that any new development in Morristown must allocate one percent of the capital costs – up to $100,000 – to be spent on the installation and maintenance of outdoor public art on or adjacent to property under development. Morristown is among the first municipalities in New Jersey to institute this initiative.
Morris Arts plans to hold a larger community celebration event at the park as part of its upcoming 50th anniversary.