Reno ideal city for creating artists’ large public work
A twenty foot tall stainless steel sculpture fabricated in Reno over the course of the last year entitled “Intertwine,” by artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector, spent its last week in Reno before being loaded on a truck and sent to its final destination - welcoming visitors to the Norfolk Botanical Garden, a national historic site in Virginia.
Although the artists are from Petaluma, CA, they chose to build the sculpture in Reno because of, “the skilled people in the area, the generally easy-going feel, all the big suppliers here and there’s no traffic, making it pleasant and efficient to get things done,” they said.
Intertwine is comprised of three entwined common garden forms. The familiar tool shape ties together the garden themes of history, seasons, botany and community. The sculpture honors the women and men who cleared and planted the original grounds, as well as those who continue to do so to this day. It symbolizes the relationship between the natural processes and physical work that create and maintain a garden. Organic forms are connected in an illogical order, harmonizing the garden site, creating an intersection of the natural and man-made rhythms of the Garden.
Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector have created internationally-acclaimed public art pieces. Mark has been building and creating fine art for thirty-two years and attended the San Francisco Art Institute. Ilana attended Georgetown University, has a law degree from U.C.L.A. and was CEO of a pioneer Los Angeles solar electric company.
“A successful work occurs when all the variables line up. A project of this size needs coordination of equipment and logistics and cooperation of the city and many other individuals - it as total process,” said Mark Grieve. “Each person was incredibly helpful cultivating the collaboration.”
Afterwards, Grieve and Spector head back to continue working on another large public artwork for the North Natomas Ball Park in Sacramento.