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Seaman Sculpture
 

Foundations of America

QU201 Prof. Scott Leone

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Seaman Sculpture

 Karen Rossi began her love for art in an agricultural Connecticut River Valley town.  Growing up, Karen lived had a sculptor neighbor, Alexander Calder, which gave her the opportunity to fuel her imagination while visiting his studio. Karen Rossi’s father also had a passion for metalworking; his talent was contagious as she began experimenting with steel, titanium, copper and brass.  Karen’s father gave her the platform to start her career in his welding shop and soon her work was catching the eye of several large Connecticut galleries, restaurants, and corporations.  Karen continued to push the boundaries as she began using broken crystals, charms and pieces of jewelry to her artwork.  For 10 years, Rossi lived and worked in New Haven studying at a creative arts workshop perfecting her craft. It no surprise that Stony Creek granite found it’s way into one of Karen Rossi’s artworks.

            Located in Quinnipiac Park, the remains of Karen Rossi’s Seaman Sculpture resides.  Dated back to 1993, this sculpture was crafted using bronze as well as Stony Creek granite.  The sculpture is described as a “whimsical bearded figure wearing a sea captain’s hat, slicker and smoking a pipe.”  Unfortunately, the Seaman didn’t last long as it was stolen shortly after installation.  The granite block is the only remains of the artwork.

            The significance this sculpture has is the unique usage of Stony Creek granite.  The granite was donated for this sculpture by owners of the Stony Creek granite quarry and transported by Fucci Company.  Stony Creek granite is found in nearby quarries in Branford Connecticut

 

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