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Sculptures by Susan Wink seen at New Mexico Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque - Infinitus
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Infinitus

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"Infinitus" was designed as a memorial tribute to Gordon Church - a Vietnam Veteran - linguist and former Director of the Albuquerque Public Art Program. The sculptural bench - commissioned by the Albuquerque Public Art Program - was intended for the New Mexico Veteran's Memorial Building which Gordon helped to develop. The steel and custom ceramic mosaic bench is accompanied by a cloud mural. The cloud image was taken from an original painting by Scott Greene then printed onto vinyl and applied to the wall. The text in the painting is from Gordon's Vietnam journal.
Goals
The main goal for this memorial project was to represent the creative and energetic spirit of Gordon in the sculptural bench and cloud mural. Gordon was a unique man - he was an avid Sufi dancer and he believed that his spirit symbols were a stag in the winter and a lizard in the summer. I used those images in the custom ceramic mosaic seats contrasting the warm and cool colors and the winding spirals within the infinity symbol shaped bench. I envisioned the bench to be participatory - as one sits in the front of the bench with a friend sitting in the back they need to twist slightly in order to face each other. Twisting at their core like the Sufi dancers. The cloud mural with text was added to the original commission to create more of a site for the bench installation as space in the Museum is limited. I collaborated with artist Scott Greene on the cloud painting which when completed was digitally scanned and text from Gordon's Vietnam journal was overlaid. The image was then printed on vinyl and applied to the wall behind the bench.

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For twenty-three years Susan Wink has designed and constructed site-specific public art. Each unique design is inspired by the natural environment, and historic and cultural phenomenon distinctive to the community. Sculptural materials include - steel, custom ceramic tile, concrete, stone and various plantings. Many of the comprehensive site designs include functional features such as sculptural seating, canopies, custom hand rail and operating gardens.

Wink’s successful installations are realized through the assistance of excellent technical support, and by fostering productive communication with the client and community. These elements combined with a bold aesthetic statement insure a dynamic and enduring art installation.

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