Altus NBC Bank to unveil sculpture series Friday
ALTUS The public is invited to attend the unveiling of a new outdoor sculpture series Friday in front of the Altus NBC Bank north branch, 101 Sequoyah.
The unveiling of Oklahoma City artist Joe Slack's sculpture series "Strengthening the Voids" will be at 8:30 a.m. The festivities will continue that day with an artist's talk and a reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wigwam Art Gallery, 121 W. Commerce, adjacent to the bank's downtown Altus location.
NBC commissioned the work as part of bank Chairman Ken Fergeson's commitment to supporting public art and Oklahoma artists.
"I've always loved public art, which is free for anyone to enjoy and serves as a landmark for a community," Fergeson said in a news release. "Such art gives a place an identity and residents a sense of pride."
Previously, NBC has commissioned and financed two life-sized monuments in Altus, both by Western artist and Oklahoma native Harold T. Holden "Vision Seeker," located in the southwest corner of the Altus City Park, and "Crossing the Red" on Jackson County Courthouse grounds. (A second casting of "Vision Seeker" is at Enid High School.)
Slack, the artist for the new Altus sculptures, said his work is a continuation of a series that started with works like "The Voids and Finding Who" at Infant Crisis Services Center in Oklahoma City. To explain the name "Strengthening the Voids," Slack said the newest sculptures feature holes which he calls "voids" that represent the challenges and situations of life, and they are joined by rods the supports people receive in life that help fill the voids, connect them and make them stronger.