Morristown, NJ – On July 12, 2022, at 1PM, the Town of Morristown unveiled its newest public art piece at Open Space at Speedwell located at 51 Prospect Street next to the Modera 44 and Modera 55 apartments. Partner organizations Morris Arts, Topology, and CORE Creative Placemaking were among the attendees along with press, community members and others.
This sculpture was part of an international selection process issued in June 2018, which chose and commissioned Nathan S. Pierce of Cape Girardeau, Missouri for the project in early 2019. After some delays due to the pandemic including material shortages, the sculpture was installed on the morning of July 12 and formally presented to the public shortly after. Pierce shared:
“I am thrilled and thankful that my work is going to be a permanent part of your community and help it grow in its new direction.”
Pierce’s piece entitled “Convergent” is an 8’ x 7’ x 7’ stainless steel structure accented with light blue, amber and fluorescent green acrylic panels. Pierce pulled the drop cloth to reveal his sculpture and commented:
“So, “Convergent” – the idea behind the piece is, the circular forms they kind of bring the eye back in on itself in a few different ways and it also becomes a metaphor for how this development has become part of the community that it serves.”
Public art is a distinguishing part of our public history and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. When speaking about the initiative and public art, Mayor Tim Dougherty shared,
“…it’s [art’s] all part of our living culture–our thread that keeps everything together. We have been looking forward to this—we’re so excited and we’re so grateful that we’re able to produce and be part of this unveiling and what it means to our community.”
The ‘Convergent” sculpture is the second commissioned public art piece out of Morristown’s One Percent for Art program which was started in 2015 and established by Morris Arts, a non-profit that works to promote art and culture in the community. One Percent for Art is an initiative that mandates
that any new development in Morristown must provide for one percent of capital costs – up to $100,000 – to put toward installation and maintenance of exterior public art on, or adjacent to the property being developed. Morristown is among the first municipalities in New Jersey to institute this initiative.
Morris Arts plans to host a larger community celebration event at the park as part of its upcoming 50th Anniversary. More information, photos and footage can be found at www.morrisarts.org.
For additional information contact: Jenna Rocca Castano
Director of Marketing and Communications, Morris Arts 14 Maple Avenue | Morristown, NJ 07960 973.285.5115 x 12 | firstname.lastname@example.org
About Town of Morristown
A crossroads of culture and commerce, the 2.8 square-mile community nestled in the center of northern New Jersey is home to 20,000 residents, a booming downtown historic district, and the first National Historic Park in the county, Morristown National Historical Park. Morristown is also home to Morristown Medical Center, northwest Jersey’s only regional trauma center. The downtown has a full mixed-use business district, with restaurants & bars, shopping, and an award-winning Community Theater.
About Morris Arts
Located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the schools and in the community, arts advocacy, creative placemaking and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.
From L to R: Principal of CORE Creative Placemaking Kadie Dempsey, Mayor Tim Dougherty, Morris Arts Executive Director Tom Werder, Artist Nathan S. Pierce and Topology Principal Chris Colley in front of newly revealed “Convergent” sculpture.