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Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton to discuss public art

by UofL Today last modified Apr 01, 2011 09:00 AM

Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton will talk about the steps it takes to create successful artwork for public spaces in a free talk April 7 at the University of Louisville.

His public talk on "Life Choices" will begin at 6 p.m. in Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., next to UofL's Belknap Campus. UofL's fine arts department sponsors the Frederic Lindley Morgan architectural history lectures, named for the late Louisville building designer.

Hamilton is teaching a public art class at UofL this semester as the Morgan visiting professor of architectural design.

During his talk and at a reception afterward in the Schneider Hall art galleries, he will show examples of works designed by the class, as well as concepts students created for UofL's Freedom Park. The park is located on a triangle of land between Second and Third streets and is the site of The Playhouse, a UofL theater, and a city-owned late-19th-century monument to fallen Confederate soldiers. Park development still is under way as the university adds educational components to highlight Kentucky's role in the evolution of civil rights. Plans are to have a statue by Hamilton among those components.

Hamilton's locally displayed public sculptures include Abraham Lincoln in Waterfront Park and York, explorer William Clark's slave, at the Belvedere. The sculptor is known nationally for several installations, including the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Amistad Memorial in New Haven, Conn., and the Booker T. Washington Memorial in Hampton, Va.

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