Re-Creation (2007)

by Kate Kaman (1972 - )

Photo Caption: Photo courtesy of the artist, Kate Kaman
  • Title

    Re-Creation

  • Artist

    Kate Kaman (1972 - )

  • Year

    2007

  • Location

    Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, 8500 Pickering Avenue

  • Medium

    Metal: aluminum; acrylic paint; hollow piping

  • Dimensions

    20'x20'x20'

  • Themes

    Women and Public Art

Commissioned by the City of Philadelphia, Office of Arts and Culture, Percent for Art Program

At A Glance

  • Commissioned by the City’s Percent for Art program for a new recreation center built in 2005

  • Related but not identical, two spiral sculptures (mobiles) and their complementary murals are located at both entrances

  • The cartoon-like design and kinetic mobiles capture the free-spirited energy and playfulness of the youth who use the center

  • Kaman created the lighthearted work with children as the intended audience

Created by local artist Kate Kaman with children as the intended audience, these twin spiral sculptures (mobiles) and their complementary murals animate both light-box entrances of the Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. The artwork was commissioned by the City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art program for the newly-built recreation center, completed in 2005.

…the mobiles’ kinetic response to air currents from the entrances reinforce the theme of play and free-spiritedness and play.

Bubbly and cartoon-like, with an African art influence, the murals’ vibrant shapes and floral patterns capture the energy of the recreation center’s activities and the youth who use the space. The mobiles’ kinetic response to air currents from the entrances reinforce the theme of free-spiritedness and play. Like siblings, the two sculptures are are not identical, but related.

Colorful cartoon-like mural with hanging spiral mobiles on the ceiling
Photo courtesy of the artist, Kate Kaman

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Kaman is a contemporary artist who trained as a sculptor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and received a graduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Her artwork employs a range of skills, from sculpture techniques to computer manufacturing, and draws inspiration from organic life. Other works by Kaman in Philadelphia include Honey Locust, Cat’s Eye, and Growth Rings.┬áKaman is also the founder and owner of Phila Lab., an art and architectural fabrication studio in Germantown.

 

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