SANDRA LIRA, Sculptor

PUBLIC ART

 


LEARNING CURVE

Sculpture for the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Nature Center Park
191 Farmington Ave, Berlin, CT 06037


Learning Curve Sculpture by Sandra Lira, Tiles, plaque
The sculpture contains a mosaic of glazed tiles and glass. Some tiles have STE(A)M icons and others are impressed with
the names of women who have made significant contributions in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts.


Learning Curve sculpture by Sandra Lira - Back view
Back view of Learning Curve, steel reinforced concrete sculpture

MEANING

Learning Curve symbolizes lifelong learning and experiences which are fueled by curiosity, as well as the creative insights and inspiration sparked from this expanding store of knowledge.  The overall shape of a stylized question mark represents the questioning mind and its pursuit of information and knowledge.

Steel reinforced concrete, the sculpture's core material, is more often associated with the construction of bridges and skyscrapers.  This solid base represents a foundation of acquired knowledge and skills, laying the groundwork for perceiving connections that lead to new ideas, inventions and novel ways of looking at and solving problems. 

The color of its base is purple; the color of imagination.  The top is blue, the color of the sky, which speaks of limitless ideas and boundless inspiration.  The crystal at the center, especially when struck by sunlight, symbolizes the spark of inspiration and insight (the Aha! moment) that leads to new discoveries, innovation and understanding. 

The light-catching quality of the glass embodies the illuminating aspect of knowledge gained through continued learning.  Its reflective properties represent insight and enlightenment from wisdom acquired through the synthesis of that knowledge.

The Learning Curve sculpture stands nearly eight feet high and contains a mosaic of glazed tiles and glass. Some tiles have stylized STE(A)M icons and others are impressed with the names of women who have made significant contributions in science, technology, engineering, (the arts) and math.

 

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Sandra Lira, Sculptor/Jeweler
P.O. Box 7332
Kensington, CT 06037

Phone: (860) 828-3336 or 1 (800) 747-LIRA
E-mail: Lira@sculptor.net