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Big Rock Garden Park receives new sculpture - ceremony June 22nd

Posted: June 17, 2013 10:11:20 AM PDT

Due to a generous donation from the late George  Miller and his family, the City of Bellingham has a new sculpture entitled "Swell" created by artist, Aaron Loveitt.  This site-specific piece is a beautiful addition to Big Rock Garden Park. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the park, located at 2600 Sylvan Street.

George Miller moved to Bellingham in 1999 from Glenview, Illinois and, like many Bellingham residents, fell in love with the beauty of the surroundings.  One of his wishes upon his passing was for his family to have a sculpture placed in Big Rock Garden Park.  

"The purpose of purchasing an outdoor sculpture for Big Rock Garden Park is to serve as a memorial to his wonderful life in Bellingham," states Linda Miller, daughter of the late Miller. "The natural setting of Big Rock Garden Park is most appropriate for the new sculpture as it combines all elements of what he enjoyed about living in Bellingham".

The Bellingham Arts Commission selected Loveitt following a request for qualifications and jury process.  Loveitt listened closely to the desires of the Miller family to create the piece.

“This sculpture is a culmination of several ideas.  In particular, I wanted to design a work that was specific to its site; a form that would respond to the space like that of a wave passing through the trees.  My intent was to address the theme of the donors as well as engage visitors with a work that distinctly interacts with the garden scape" said Loveitt.

The piece will be part of the City of Bellingham's permanent collection.



A downloadable photo of "Swell" is available: City News Photos

Media Contact:
Shannon Taysi, Program Specialist
Planning & Community Development

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