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Posted on: March 12, 2019

City to Hold Dedication Ceremony for ‘Global Harmony’ Artwork

The City of Roanoke will dedicate a new sculpture at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in Entranceway Park at the corner of Williamson Road and Wells Avenue. “Global Harmony” by Stephen Fairfield of St. David, Ariz., is the latest addition to the city's Public Art collection. The dedication of “Global Harmony” will end a year-long commemoration, "Ten Years of Public Art," organized by the Roanoke Arts Commission. A selection panel of artists, Roanoke Arts Commission members, neighborhood representatives, business owners, and citizens selected Mr. Fairfield to create the work from among 38 applicants.

A practicing visual artist for 40-plus years, Stephen Fairfield has specialized in public art sculpture and installations for the past 15 years. He and his wife Diane, a painter artist, live in the Dragoon Mountains in Southeast Arizona. Fairfield creates new media installations, contemporary abstraction, and whimsy in static sculptures to engage passersby. He is the lead artist and founder of The New Media Public Art Collective, a 15-year collaboration that includes an artist/electrical engineer, two architects, two 3D design and media/special effects artists, and an artist who specializes in concrete sculptures.

According to Fairfield, "Global Harmony symbolizes the City of Roanoke’s desire to honor its diverse racial, ethnic and cultural population.... The message is clear, it is only through the world’s populations joining together to do their share of supporting the planet that we will even approach the ideal of global harmony."

For more information, please contact Susan Jennings, Arts and Culture Coordinator, at (540) 853-5652 or send an email to her at susan.jennings@roanokeva.gov.

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