Artist Ken McCall was selected to create artwork for Munson Park located in the Park Place neighborhood in Norfolk, VA. Deeded to the City in 1910, Munson Park is a small neighborhood park the size of a city block surrounded on four sides by houses.
The public art project committee selected Ken to create strong, fun artwork that represents children, families, community, and the people that live in Park Place. The work will be thought-provoking and inspire viewers of all ages: children, teenagers, and adults.
The artwork will be large enough to be seen by vehicular traffic but also enjoyed by park visitors.
Ken has proposed Place in Time, a free-standing sculpture representing generations and the changing dynamics within the Park Place community.
A center tree containing elm tree-shaped leaves with names of streets in Park Place will move in the wind. At times, the spinning motion will form the shape of a heart. Three time capsules will be located in the base to enable ongoing community engagement. For example, students could collect drawings, essays, pictures, etc. to place in the capsule each year, creating a vehicle for timeless interaction while promoting creative thought and community tradition.
Three figures surrounding the tree will signify the roots of Park Place; the past, present and future generations. Each figure will have a specific map engraved on the surface; the largest showing a hand-drawn 1918 map of Park Place and Munson Park, the medium displaying a modern-day map, and the smallest showing a simplified unlabeled map representing the future. The sculpture will be made of powder coated steel, aluminum and brass installed on a circular concrete pad.
Take a look at one of Ken’s projects completed in Boise in 2016: