Sum­mer art ex­hibit to be out of this world

The three-month pub­lic art show ti­tled “Space In­va­sion in Stam­ford Down­town,” or­ga­nized by the Stam­ford Down­town Spe­cial Ser­vices Dis­trict, is set to land in June

Stamford Advocate - - Front Page - By Ig­na­cio La­guarda

STAM­FORD — Sight­ings of UFOs in Stam­ford are ex­pected to see a ma­jor spike this sum­mer.

Space in­vaders, in the form of fly­ing saucers and an alien rocket, are sched­uled to land in June as part of a three-month pub­lic art show ti­tled “Space In­va­sion in Stam­ford Down­town.”

The out­door ex­hibit is the lat­est in the sum­mer art program put on by the Stam­ford Down­town Spe­cial Ser­vices Dis­trict for more than 20 years.

Sandy Gold­stein, pres­i­dent of DSSD, said this year’s theme should pro­vide plenty of col­or­ful

and play­ful in­ter­pre­ta­tions from lo­cal artists.

“We’re re­ally psyched and ex­cited about this year’s com­ing art ex­hibit,” she said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for sub­mit­ting de­signs are already avail­able on­line and the dead­line in Feb. 15.

Once the top 30 or so space-themed de­signs are se­lected by a ju­ried panel, the artists will be given be­tween one and two months to fin­ish their pieces. The eight-foot fiber­glass sculp­tures will be in­stalled start­ing in late May, with an open­ing night sched­uled for June 12.

Pre­vi­ous art in­stal­la­tion themes have in­cluded cows, horses, di­nosaurs and dif­fer­ent ge­o­met­ri­cal shapes.

Artists can sub­mit up to four de­signs and can choose a va­ri­ety of ways to trans­form the sculp­tures, in­clud­ing paint­ing, sculpt­ing and adorn­ing the pieces. Among the ac­cept­able ob­jects to add

“We have three re­ally en­gag­ing space ships which are com­ing to the down­town and they will be cre­atively at­tacked by a whole host of artists.” Sandy Gold­stein, pres­i­dent of DSSD

to the sculp­tures are mo­saic tiles, wood and tin. Artists will be paid

$ 1,500 for each piece they pro­duce.

At the end of the ex­hibit, the pieces will be auc­tioned and a por­tion of the pro­ceeds will go to a yet-to-de­ter­mined char­ity.

“We have three re­ally en­gag­ing space ships which are com­ing to the down­town and they will be cre­atively at­tacked by a whole host of artists,” Gold­stein said.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit stam­ford-down­town.com or send an email to [email protected]­ford­down­town.com.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

The art piece “An­gel­saurus” in the an­nual down­town out­door art ex­hibit “Di­nosaurs Rule!” in Stam­ford in June 2015. This sum­mer’s pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion, or­ga­nized by the Stam­ford Down­town Spe­cial Ser­vices Dis­trict, will fea­ture a “space in­va­sion” theme.

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Stam­ford Down­town’s lat­est sum­mer pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion will fea­ture a “space in­va­sion” theme. These are il­lus­tra­tions of the three fiber­glass sculp­tures that artists will be able to de­sign in their own way be­fore they are placed in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across the city from June through Au­gust. In­ter­ested artists can sub­mit their de­signs by Feb. 15.

Ja­son Rearick/Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

David Macharelli, of Water­bury, puts the fin­ish­ing touches on his painted di­nosaur ti­tled Sa­mu­raisaurus on dis­play in the down­town out­door art ex­hibit, Di­nosaurs Rule!, in Stam­ford in June 2015.

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