Rendering of "Floating Citadel" by Scott Hocking revealed as new civic sculpture at Huntington Place
   

 

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"From our first meetings just prior to the Covid quarantine, to applying the final patina to the bronze, I'm excited to install this work - it's been a long time coming," said Hocking. "The whole team at Huntington Place has been great, and I was thrilled that my proposal was chosen."

  DRCFA Art Foundation unveils plans for stunning new outdoor sculpture at Hunting Place

Major civic sculpture, "Floating Citadel," located at the main entrance circle drive to join Huntington Place's public art collection
Installation expected to be complete by late summer in advance of the North American International Detroit Auto Show

DETROIT, MI - The DRCFA Art Foundation revealed plans for a stunning new, public art outdoor sculpture for Huntington Place by internationally-acclaimed artist Scott Hocking. The 11-foot diameter bronze sculpture, "Floating Citadel," by Hocking, will be located in the main circle drive of Huntington Place in downtown Detroit. The installation of the sculpture is expected to be complete by late summer.

"We are thrilled to reveal Scott Hocking as the artist for this stunning civic sculpture, which will welcome our community and visitors to the world-class Huntington Place Convention Center," said Lisa Canada, DRCFA Board Chair and DRCFA Art Foundation Chair. "The sculpture, 'Floating Citadel' is a beautiful piece which will join our other significant artworks at the convention center as we continue to expand our free public art collection."

"Floating Citadel" will join the public art collection at Huntington Place that includes work by internationally respected artists such as Hubert Massey, Robert Sestok, Tyree Guyton, and Gilda Snowden, among others.

"From our first meetings just prior to the Covid quarantine, to applying the final patina to the bronze, I'm excited to install this work - it's been a long time coming," said Hocking. "The whole team at Huntington Place has been great, and I was thrilled that my proposal was chosen. To have a large-scale sculpture in Detroit's Civic Center, joining the likes of Noguchi, Graham, Fredericks, Barr, and De Giusti - and to have it located in front of the place that I've gone to since I was just a kid at the Auto Show - it's a real honor."

Focused on Detroit history and Huntington Place's status as a global hub of activity, "Floating Citadel" is inspired by everything from ancient Native shorelines and French voyageurs to the City's current status as an artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial beacon. It is influenced by the Savoyard Creek and the original Detroit River edge, which ran within steps of this sculpture's site. The sculpture takes its name from the original walled Village boundaries and its defensive core, "the Citadel," which was located where this sculpture will stand.

The bronze sculpture harkens back to thousands of years of mining in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the copper and iron ore that traveled down the Great Lakes to Detroit, creating an industrial giant and auto-industry capital for over 100 years. All of these highlights through history occurred right where this sculpture will be installed, at the corner of Washington and Jefferson, and the work will incorporate all of these qualities, to create a monument that speaks to Detroit's past, present, and future.

Visually inspired by the East Jordan Iron Works cast-iron grates that are found throughout Michigan, "Floating Citadel's" form references celestial bodies, astrolabes, cages, drains, thresholds, mystic symbols, and human skeletons specifically echoing the idea of rib cages, which protect life, but also trap us on the earthly plane. The work represents both a global, terrestrial object, and yet an ascending, spiritual form.

Hocking's artwork has been exhibited internationally, including the Van Abbemuseum, the Kunst-Werke Institute, Kunsthalle Wien, the Gare St Sauveur of Lille, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, ASU Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Smart Museum, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, PAFA Museum, the Mattress Factory Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, MOCAD, Broad Museum at MSU, and the University of Michigan. He has received multiple awards, including a Kresge Artist Fellowship, a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant, and an Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship. His work is represented locally by David Klein Gallery, Detroit. More information can be found here.

Hocking was selected through a national competition launched by the DRCFA Art Foundation. The Selection Committee includes Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture, City of Detroit; Don Tuski, President, College for Creative Studies; Dennis Nawrocki, Art Historian and Author of "Art in Detroit Public Spaces;" Carina Villinger, Art Advisor and Appraiser, Artes Advisory; Grace Serra, Art Curator/Coordinator, Wayne State University; Hubert Massey, Detroit-based Artist; Greg DeSandy, Director of Sales and Event Services, Huntington Place Detroit. Maureen Devine is curator for Huntington Place.

Detroit joins significant convention centers throughout the country featuring public art, including Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.

 

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