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CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS — Piece by artist Stephen Johnson before it was painted. It will arrive in Marshalltown next week and is expected to be installed at the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center.

The Marshalltown Performing Arts Center Foundation and the Marshalltown Community School District/High School, in partnership with Arts & Culture Alliance, are thrilled to announce the installation of new artwork at the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center.

The artwork, titled ‘Scherzo’, by Kansas artist Stephen T. Johnson will arrive next week. “Scherzo” will consist of colorful abstract shapes based on musical notations such as the bass clef, fort f and musical notes, as well as three mouth-like kinetic shapes at the top that celebrate rhythms, sounds and rhythms. ideas generated within this exceptional performing art. venue.

The title “Scherzo” refers to a short piece of orchestral music, particularly in the second or third movement of a symphony or sonata. The scherzos are vigorously composed and generally have a light and playful character with intensely interesting, fresh and familiar themes.

Stephen T. Johnson’s rich body of work establishes connections between words, objects and ideas. His art spans a wide range of concepts and contexts and can be seen in site-specific public art commissions, gallery and museum exhibitions, and award-winning original children’s books such as Alphabet City, a Caldecott Honor and a New York Times Best Illustrated. Book of the year.

“Riggs Fabrication does an exceptional job translating my designs into glorious steel. It’s hard to convey scale with a few photos that really capture all the nuances and parallaxes that occur when viewing 360 degrees,” Johnson said. “Each step reveals new juxtapositions of form and hopefully accelerates musical associations. The final phase is to add the color, then we look forward to coming to Marshalltown next week to install the sculpture. I am so grateful for the support and enthusiasm of the community during this exciting and creative journey.

Among Johnson’s public art are a 70-foot mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, NY, a 60-foot mosaic mural at the Universal City subway station in North Hollywood, and 33 glass panels for Dallas Love Field airport. . His last commission was three large glass mosaic murals for the downtown Lenexa Library in metropolitan Kansas City.

“I’ve been looking forward to seeing this dream come true since 2016 when the Roundhouse addition was conceived,” said Amy Ose, Vocal Music Director and MHS Auditorium Foundation Board Member. “With drastic changes planned for the north side of the MHS campus, I was eager for us to find a way to create a visual impact at the entrance to the Performing Arts Center that would welcome people to our incredible facility, while representing the importance of the fine arts within our school and our community.The installation of ‘Scherzo’ will be the realization of this dream.

Storytime and “Meet the Artist” events will be held with Johnson at the Marshalltown Public Library on June 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. A reveal celebration will also take place on June 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Marshalltown Performing Arts. Center. The evening will begin with a chamber ribbon cutting, followed by opening performances by MHS students and ending with the Marshalltown City Band at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.

“We have long awaited the arrival of ‘Scherzo’ and are thrilled with the continued growth of artwork in Marshalltown, especially on the campus of Marshalltown High School. This piece will be an amazing addition to highlight value this exceptional performing arts facility and all of the talented artists who perform for our community,” said Amber Danielson, Executive Director of the Arts and Culture Alliance.

The Arts & Culture Alliance, a non-profit organization, cultivates an arts and culture community by supporting, promoting and enriching existing opportunities and seeking out new ones.



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