Beginning September 27, Laumeier Sculpture Park’s 2018 Kranzberg Exhibition Series will present Memory & Desire: A Personal Exploration of Neon Art, Past and Present, by St. Louis artist David Hutson. The exhibition features newly created, original works by the artist, alongside 14 neon signs resurrected and renovated from such iconic local businesses as Big Boy’s Restaurant, Bang’s Ice Cream, Saratoga Bowl in Maplewood, Curlee Clothing downtown, and Klund’s Bakery. It will be on view in Laumeier’s Aronson Fine Arts Center from September 27, 2018 to January 13, 2019.

Laumeier has also commissioned a new large-scaleneon sculpture by Hutson, When I Rise, 2018 to be sited on a towering tree in Laumeier’s Way Field, casting a cool glow across the Park’s landscape. The text-based work wraps around the tree trunk, cascading a quoteby celebrated American novelist Wendell Berry. “Using the power and inspiration of nature, Hutson’s piece is a delightful addition to our light-based sculpture collection. His work highlights our past and represents a possible future, simultaneously,” noted Laumeier Curator Dana Turkovic.

”It is a rich visual representation of our history, the things we once valued and the things we still hold dear,“ said Hutson

The exhibition opens on Thursday, September 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  It is free and open to all ages. A special opportunity to meet the artist and curator Dana Turkovic and tour the exhibition takes place prior to the Grand Opening at 6:00 p.m. The event — COCKTAILS + CONVERSATION — is free and open to anyone ages 21 and up.

Via Press Release