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State of the Arts

Published August 20, 2008 at 5:09 a.m.

  • "Plinths"

If you've been missing the group of Church Street sculptures called "Plinths," not to worry: They're in storage - "a nice, cozy, warm place," assures Marketplace Executive Director Ron Redmond, who says the geometric metal-and-stone forms will one day be re-sited somewhere else around town. Created by artist Nicholas Pearson, the pieces were installed in 1981 when the street became the pedestrian-friendly Marketplace.

"What we're doing now is improving the alleyway between the parking garage and the Marketplace," Redmond explains. "Right now it's not the greatest-looking entryway." He notes that "things get a little congested" at the intersection of the alley and Church Street, and the "Plinths" were moved to "make the area a bit more open." In addition, brickwork on the street is being repaired, and a new trompe l'oeil mural is being planned for the alley's north wall. "We're trying to create public art that doesn't take as much space," Redmond says. "We want more of it, but we really need to think through the functionality of the street." Meanwhile, good to know "Plinths" will be cozy until they're thrust once again into the cold embrace of a Vermont winter.

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About The Author

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston is a cofounder and the Art Editor of Seven Days. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.


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