The Norman Transcript

Local news

November 10, 2012

Norman dedicates two additions to city landscape

NORMAN — Thanks to the work of two local artists, the aesthetic appeal of Downtown Norman has been enhanced with the addition of two new sculptures.

Pieces created by Norman artists, Jonathan Hils and Craig Swan, recently were installed on Main Street as part of the West Main Street Sculpture Project, a Norman Public Arts Board project. The sculptures were dedicated Friday night during a ceremony at MAINSITE gallery.

“These two sculptures, much like any piece of public art, helps the public to engage with their surroundings,” PAB chair Larry Walker said. “In other words, as a person stands and views a public piece of art they have their own emotional reaction to the piece. That’s what art does. So the more we have of that, in different styles, the better for the community.”

With themes that represent Oklahoma, Walker said the artists’ works are appropriate for the locations they were installed and add a “new dimension to the visual aspects of Downtown Norman.”

Hil’s sculpture, “Silver Lining,” is installed at Santa Fe Avenue and Main Street and is an abstract representation of Oklahoma weather. The piece ties together the ideas of Norman as both a weather research hub and dynamic artistic community. The cloud-themed piece, water-jet cut from solid steel plate, is shaped by a manipulation of Norman’s downtown city streets and is laid out as a weather vane.

As a sculpture professor at the University of Oklahoma, Hils has ample professional arts experience, but said displaying his work so close to home is a real treat. He hopes his work provides a sense of place for the community.

“A sense of wonder, a sense of being able to contemplate something that is new and different in their everyday lives and remind them that where they are is a special place,” said Hils, on what he hopes the public obtains from viewing his work.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • Injury accident reported

    Transcript Staff Emergency crews responded to an injury accident around 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of 80th Avenue Southeast where there were reports of someone pinned. Several reports indicated a vehicle struck a tree causing one ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Braddy_1. Norman North teen struck by freight train recovering with therapy

    A Norman North teen struck by a freight train in May is on the road to recovery and ready to get back to school after spending most of his summer in a hospital. Harrison Braddy, 16, has been staying busy with rehab and physical therapy ...

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Migrant kids go to Mass

    The services have all the elements of a typical Sunday Mass — singing, scripture, a sermon, prayers, communion and worship....

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisons expand reach to bring training to more officers

    McALESTER — Joshua Drake once was offered the chance to be a corrections officer but turned it down because he didn’t want to leave his wife and aging parents for six weeks to train hundreds of miles away in El Reno....

    July 27, 2014

  • Storm victims face loan dilemma

    The tornadoes, flooding and hail that struck Oklahoma last year left hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, causing many home and business owners to seek help in the form of low-interest federal loans....

    July 27, 2014

  • SWIMMER Aquatic center could serve many community needs

    Michael Yoch could have been the kid with asthma sitting on the sidelines — could have been, but wasn’t. Michael had trouble running because of his asthma, which made it difficult to play soccer and many other sports his friends loved. ...

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Director leaves decade of memories

    Maureen Dolan is giving up the post as director of St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Development Center, fondly called “St. Joe’s” by the many parents whose pre-school children have spent their weekdays under her care over the past 10 years....

    July 27, 2014

  • Teen critical after rescue

    A 17-year-old Yukon male was transported to the hospital Sunday after a near drowning incident at Lake Thunderbird in the Party Cove area. Emergency crews responded to the lake after a report of a possible drowning around 5:30 p.m. ...

    July 27, 2014

  • County wreck fatal

    A Purcell man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Saturday morning on Highway 77, north of Moffatt Road in Cleveland County. Keith Hedrick, 20, was pinned for about an hour and 45 minutes before the Slaughterville Fire Department was ...

    July 27, 2014

  • New library leaders

    The Pioneer Library System has familiar faces taking over leadership roles with its two hometown libraries....

    July 27, 2014