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The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center of West Rutland donates “Oculus”

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center (CSSC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary by donating a major artwork to the City of Rutland. The sculpture known as "Oculus" will be moved to a site at Giorgetti Park near the entrance to the park and the beginning of the "Creek Path" to engage residents and visitors. CSSC Trustees authorized this gift and are enthusiastic to see it accepted by the City of Rutland. The CSSC made a significant investment of time, energy and resources to host the National Endowment for the Arts funded Vermont Marble Sculpture Symposium from which "Oculus" was created by artist Rick Rothrock who was one of five participants in the symposium.

Founded in 1987, the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center has grown from a three-week summer program into a year round center for artists in residence, workshops and exhibitions. Executive Director Carol Driscoll exclaims, "We are so fortunate to be able to accommodate artists working on large scale projects in a setting that inspires both the artist and the visitor." The CSSC is located at the head of two hundred acres of former marble quarrying and manufacturing facilities. The post-industrial landscape was a key element in the founding of the organization over 25 years ago. Today, inactive quarries and former manufacturing facilities offer a fantastic landscape for the imagination.

The City of Rutland Recreation & Parks Department is thrilled to be accepting this sculpture for permanent display at Giorgetti Park.    "Oculus", made of marble, is a sculpture that provides an interaction with viewers throughout the day as the sun moves in the sky. The City of Rutland and Giorgetti/Pine Hill Park, in particular, have benefitted from CSSC programs as a past recipient of a beautiful teen carved stone bench and now this monumental sundial. It is the hope of the City of Rutland to continue to collaborate with the CSSC. Sustained efforts will provide more educational experiences as well as public art opportunities that recognize and celebrate the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center's strong role in promoting Vermont's cultural heritage. "Oculus" will be moved to Giorgetti Park in the summer of 2013 after the proper site preparations have been completed, at which time a public invitation will be communicated for an unveiling ceremony.