At dusk, on Sunday, October 14th, in Urbana, Illinois, city dignitaries, financial donors and a wide range of supporters will gather to marvel at the wonders of nature – shaped by the talents of one artist.
Starting at 5 p.m., they will watch as the fading light of the sun plays over one of the few parks in the world completely sculpted by one person, a man in whose mind ancient spirits dance, foliage long forgotten comes to life, and the lights of nature and science illumi
The opening of a new park, every aspect of which was designed by John David Mooney, will commence at 5pm with a reception hosted by Mayor Laurel Prussing. The park’s landscape elements, including Spirit Tree, a 33’ high steel and light sculpture, and Falling Leaf, a 12’ high polished stainless steel fountain sculpture, are united in one signature work celebrating Urbana’s dedication to their urban forest and Mooney’s concept of “The American Garden.” At dusk the park becomes
John David Mooney will be leading the panel session “Discovering the Artist’s Responsibility to Society” from 2-3:30pm in the Rubloff Auditorium. This forum for The International Sculpture Conference (October 4-6) will address the role of the artist as a visionary and an agent for change. By exploring ways to protect the environment, work with the urban fabric, engage nature, and use solar, wind, and water energy, the artist will take a leadership role in creating viable solu