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Jane DeDecker and her sculpture
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
"Into the Wind" Dedicated April 2, 2011
The newest piece of public art in the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) sculpture garden - Into the Wind - was dedicated Saturday, April 2. The sculpture, produced by Jane DeDecker, was made possible by the Margaret Sue Rust Foundation, in memory of William Monroe Rust III.

Foundation trustee Michael Johnson opened the dedication ceremony thanking everyone for being in attendance to “help honor the memory of Monroe Rust.” He said, “Many of you here knew Monroe, but I’m sure many of you did not. “Monroe was a very private person, not at all like his mother, Margaret.” Monroe Rust assumed the position of president of the foundation upon his mother’s death.

“He provided, along with the other directors, many sound suggestions for charitable gifting in our community,” said Johnson. “We wish to thank the RCA for allowing the foundation to place this, the latest work of art in the sculpture garden, in honor of Monroe.”

RCA Director of Visual Arts John Aasp noted the personal connection between sculptor Kent Ullberg, whose work was the first to be featured in the sculpture garden, and DeDecker, “gave this project a personal touch.” Ullberg could not attend the dedication. He was attending the premiere of his PBS film about his massive public installation in Omaha, NE.

“Kent was able to see the piece before it left Colorado and gave it a proper send off before its journey to Texas, so I want to give special thanks to him for his help in making this project possible,” said Aasp.

He also thanked the Rust Foundation which continues to invest in the sculpture garden. “They’ve supported many of the RCA’s permanent sculptures including our most recent addition, Sandy Scott’s Off Port Bow in the fall of 2009, in memory of Lola L. Bonner,” said Aasp.

DeDecker is a widely-acclaimed artist with a long list of exhibitions and awards. Her sculptures are permanently installed in public and private locations all over the country.  She has been making a major contribution to the world sculpture scene since 1986. She has studied with acclaimed artists like George Lundeen and Kent Ullberg, and has been published in magazines reaching readers across the globe.

She has been sought out for her artistic integrity by organizations ranging from the National Parks Service, to the President of the United States.DeDecker is a highly-respected member of the National Sculpture Society of New York, established in 1895. Jane and her family currently reside in Loveland, CO.

“They just installed a piece in Austin prior to coming here, and will install another in the Dallas area later this fall, so we’ve been saying it’s her Texas year,” said Aasp.

 “The great thing about working with accomplished artists, and especially Jane, is working from hundreds of miles away one might think the process would be extremely difficult, to create a piece for a specific location, one that works with the surrounding environment and fits in the right spot -- but, over the past few months, we’ve exchanged pictures of mock-ups and sketches, and throughout Jane had a very intuitive approach."

“When we set the piece down in its new home, everything seemed to fall into place. To work with an artist like that is such a positive experience and we hope experience lingers for all who will encounter the piece here in the months and years to come.”

The piece, titled Into the Wind, is inspired by a smaller piece titled Me Myself & I.  It depicts a human figure perched atop the bow of a boat, facing forward with sensitivity and pride.

“Facing the prevailing southwest winds, the piece brings to mind moments when I, and probably many of you, have stood out here facing the water, pondering the ever-changing landscape, and evokes that sense of wonder that draws many of us to live by the water,” said Aasp.

“Jane’s works depicting human figures are more than simple statues. Her expressive style brings the material to life, and her sculptures become more than a static imitation; rather dynamic, evocative statements about moments of human connection, reflection, and revelation. The piece also calls up the idea of a personal journey, setting out on a voyage of discovery, which is innately human and especially true for artists and their process.

“I can’t think of a more fitting piece to be added to the RCA, to a community where artists come to work, play, grow and discover.

DeDecker spoke briefly, saying, “This piece is finally home in the southwest prevailing wind.” She thanked the sculpture garden committee and the foundation for their vision to place the piece in the garden.DeDecker spoke of Ullberg’s influence, saying, “Kent Ullberg has been an inspiration since I was a kid.”

The ceremony ended with DeDecker dousing her latest piece of art with seawater.

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