Thank You

Lee Berger, Blue’s Sandblasting, and Sherwin Williams. Click the link for a peek at the restoration process.

Sculpture Garden

The 621 Gallery Sculpture Garden began with a controversial installation, TrashHenge, by Nancy Rubins in 1979 and was later formalized as a sculpture garden by Charles Hook and David Crook in 1981. This industrial neighborhood, later to be known as the Railroad Square Art Park, would provide an alternative space linking past industry and contemporary sculpture. 621 is working alongside other members of the community to restore the sculpture garden to its former glory.

Restoration

Established in 1981, The Vision for the 621 Sculpture Garden has been to create the largest outdoor exhibition space in Tallahassee, improve the aesthetics of the arts district, and to create a safe environment for guests visiting Railroad Square. An assessment has been made of seven sculptures in the park, a plan of action is in development, and a time line for the restorations is coming into focus. Given the cost of restoring the sculptures, we are asking the community to assist in the process.

Consultations with Mark Dickson about what is needed to restore the sculptures have given us valuable information about the artworks and what he feels is an appropriate course of action. Unfortunately, three of the seven sculptures that were assessed need metal work done on them. This is both an aesthetic issue and a safety issue. In order to proceed, we first need to learn what each sculpture is coated with and what methods can be used in removing the coating for metal work to occur. What we are looking out for is lead contaminated paint, a material has not been in use since the 70s but occasionally be found on newer sculptures. We want to ensure that we understand what materials we are working with in order to better protect those involved in the restoration. The restorations we have planned are heavily dependent on donations and volunteer work.

Scott Rains from Blue’s Sandblasting for paint and rust removal services. After our consultation meeting, Scott has pledged to sandblast three of our sculptures for free. The only cost to 621 will be with the bill of materials. Ron Knight from Corrosion Protection & Solution has pledged to donate a gallon of Quick Tan, a rust inhibitor, for free. Sherman William has pledged to donate paint and primer to this project as well.

Once we confirm that the sculptures have a lead-free surface treatment, we will proceed with sandblasting the first of the three sculptures, Charles Hook’s T-Rail, on the morning of June 14th. After the old paint and rust is removed, I will apply Quick Tan in order to prevent any corrosion from occurring. This will give us a two-week window for welding and filling on the surface of the sculpture. After all the bodywork has been completed, we will apply an epoxy primer to further prevent corrosion and promote adhesion of the final top coat of paint.

This is a continuous project, and we thank all who have volunteered their time and donations to see to its completion. Below, you will find images of the sculptures that your contributions have helped save.

Vision

Born from a grassroots urban revitalization effort, this project will feature the 17 sculptures in the garden, improve the aesthetics of the Gaines Street area while creating a safe environment for guests of Tallahassee’s largest outdoor exhibition space. The 621 Sculpture Garden will be a destination for cultural tourism, bringing visitors from across the region, the nation and abroad to Florida’s Capital City.

Description

Wood + Partners, Inc. and the Florida State University Master Craftsman Studios have come together to create a comprehensive Sculpture Garden renovation plan. The plan includes landscape and lighting improvements and sculpture conservation. The sculpture garden will function as an outdoor exhibition space for permanent and rotating artwork

Participate

In order to succeed, this project needs support from dedicated community members like you! The 621 Gallery is looking for volunteers to help tend to the Sculpture Garden as well as cash and in-kind donations to sustain the garden throughout the year. All contributions to The 621 Gallery are tax deductible. Contact Executive Director Cynthia Hollis at (850) 224-6163 or 621galleryinc@gmail.com for more information.

Charles Hook

Florida State University art professor and internationally known sculptor Charles Hook died March 17, 2008 after a two year battle with cancer. He was 59.

On March 6, the Charles Hook Sculpture Garden at 621 Gallery was dedicated in the artist’s honor at the Railroad Square Art Park.

Hook’s large-scale, abstract metal sculptures can be found around Tallahassee in locations such as Innovation Park, Tallahassee Community College, Premiere gym and St. John’s Episcopal Church. He also created works in the United Kingdom and South America.

Sponsor

Sponsor a Sculpture

  • $3,500
  • Logo on granite sculpture plaque for two years
  • Recognition on Sculpture Garden entrance sign, print and online maps
  • Signage on Gallery sponsorship wall for two years
  • Free logo link on the website and in e-newsletters for two years
  • $250 Art Bucks (used like cash towards the purchase of art)
  • 10 memberships to The 621 Gallery
  • 25% discount on facility rentals
  • One free facility rental

Sponsor a Seat

  • $2,500
  • Logo on Sculpture Garden bench
  • Recognition on Sculpture Garden entrance sign, print and online maps
  • Signage on Gallery sponsorship wall for one year
  • Free logo link on the website for one year
  • $100 Art Bucks
  • 5 memberships to The 621 Gallery
  • 25% discount on facility rentals

Iron

  • $1,500
  • Recognition on Sculpture Garden entrance sign, print and online maps
  • Signage on Gallery sponsorship wall for one year
  • Free logo link on the website for one year
  • $50 Art Bucks
  • 3 memberships to The 621 Gallery
  • 20% discount on facility rentals

Steel

  • $500
  • Signage on Gallery sponsorship wall for one year
  • Free logo link on the website for one year
  • $25 Art Bucks
  • 2 memberships to The 621 Gallery
  • 15% discount on facility rentals

If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact Lauren Baker, Executive Director via 621galleryinc@gmail.comor by phone at (850) 224-6163,

Layout

The design for the entry area creates a formal sculpture garden with a meandering walking train and outdoor community classroom. Crosswalks with special paving connect the two garden areas. A new 5′ sidewalk improves the pedestrian link between the sculpture garden and Railroad Avenue. The landscape design will create an effective landscape buffer from adjoining land uses and provide an attractive setting. The sculpture garden when lit will become a dramatic and engaging night time experience for visitors to the Gaines Street area.

 

The design for this area will create a matrix of sculpture and open space for passive use and recreation. The “Iron Field” can be used for special events and other community purposes. The landscape design will improve views into the space and create an effective buffer for the adjacent railway. The sculptures when lit will provide exciting ambience for evening events at Railroad Square.

Sculpture Archive

Charles Hook

Nomad

Painted Steel

1982

From the Collection of Julia Hook

Charles Hook

Fernis

Painted Steel

2007

Permanent Collection

Charles Hook

Iron Warrior

Steel

1984

Permanent Collection

Charles Hook

T-Rail

Painted Steel

1988

Permanent Collection

Charles Hook

Battlecruiser

Steel

1981

Permanent Collection

Deborah LaGrasse

All Seeing Eye

Steel and Cast Iron

2001

Permanent Collection

Travis Giddings

Shell Form

Steel

1986

Permanent Collection

Andy McLaughlin

Untitled 3

Steel and Plastic

1989

Permanent Collection

Andy McLaughlin

Untitled

Painted Steel

1990

Permanent Collection

Andy McLaughlin

Untitled 2

Steel

1989

Permanent Collection

Andy Light

Fly Away Too

Steel

2006

$12,000

Durant Thompson

Mjolnir

Steel, Wood & Found Objects

2005

$8,500

Doug Barton

Mountin an Offensive

Cast Iron & Fabricated Steel

2008

$4,000

Michael Cottrell

Valence

Steel

2007

$5,000

John Raulerson

Time Flies

Steel, Iron & Bronze

2008

$7,000

James Davis

This is Something We Had to go Through

Steel & Cast Iron

2004-2005

$10,000

Mark Dickson

Wind Jammer

Welded Hollow Core Steel

2007

$9,000