Unveiling Celebration Kennedy Plaza Providence, RI February 2018
Peruvian-born, Rhode Island based sculptor Peruko Ccopacatty unveiled four new metal sculptures in Providence’s Kennedy Plaza this week. The sculptures are “a 14 foot angel fashioned from reused car bumpers, a seven foot man built from reclaimed stainless steel, and two six foot llamas sculpted from scrap metal.” The installation is sponsored by The Avenue Concept, Providence’s first privately funded public art program.
All the Metals Come to Him (Teaser): In the studio with Peruko Ccopacatty, 2018
With a career stretching back more than 50 years, Peruko Ccopacatty is an internationally-renowned artist who received the United Nations Society of Writers and Artists Award of Excellence in 2003 for a life’s work of social relevance. He has exhibited his work in New York, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, California and New Mexico, as well as in his native Peru. His sculptures and murals have been commissioned around the country, including New York, Maryland, Virginia, Vermont and Utah. His studio is located in West Kingston, RI and he has shown his work throughout Rhode Island, including several exhibitions and his own gallery on Block Island.
Originally from an Andean village on the banks of Lake Titicaca, Ccopacatty is from the indigenous Aymara culture, and his work often reflects those roots. He is revered back home in Peru as an international ambassador for Aymara culture and created a nonprofit library/cultural center to document and preserve its art and traditions.
All the Metals Come to Him (Full Version): In the studio with Peruko Ccopacatty, 2018
Go behind the scenes of our first major project of 2018. We helped internationally-renowned sculptor Peruko Ccopacatty finally realize his dream of installing his work in Providence’s Kennedy Plaza – a vision of public art more than 20 years in the making. Peruko gives you a peek inside his studio and his creative process. See how all the metals come to him as Peruko prepares four sculptures in the days before the installation. Then, visit Kennedy Plaza and experience the full scope of his work. The sculptures will be on display through May 2018.
Kennedy Plaza, Just Like We Pictured It, 2018
Kennedy Plaza is one of the places in Providence where everyone converges. Roughly 40,000 people pass through every day, including RIPTA commuters, pedestrians, Downtown workers and tourists – as well as llamas, a 14′ angel and creatures from outer space. In February, we worked in partnership with RIPTA to install four sculptures by Rhode Island-based, Peruvian-born sculptor Peruko Ccopacatty in the plaza. Throughout the remaining weeks of winter and into the spring, Big Nazo, Rhode Island’s famous puppet performance troupe, will be staging a series of “Installation Invasions” there. By mixing static art with performance art, Big Nazo is helping us activate Kennedy Plaza and providing people with new ways to engage with Ccopacatty’s sculptures. As Big Nazo founder Erminio Pinque said in his TED Talk, “Just by walking down the street and offering a pedestrian an explosion of newness and weirdness in their day, we do our part to make the world a stranger place.”
LIVE: Public Art Organization, The Avenue Concept, on Ccopacatty’s Kennedy Plaza Installation, 2018
The first privately administered public art program, The Avenue Concept, has installed over 150 pieces of public art throughout Rhode Island, and was one of the driving forces behind a local artist’s goal of displaying his sculptures in Kennedy Plaza, 20 plus years in the making.
Peruvian born, RI-based sculptor Peruko Ccopacatty was given the key to the city, and a promise to install his metal made sculptures in Providence in 1995, yet it wasn’t until February 4th, 2018, dubbed “Ccopacatty Day” that the dream was finally realized.
John Taraborelli, a representative from The Avenue Concept, says it’s the organization’s goal to work with local government to help facilitate public art installations like Ccopacatty’s throughout Providence, and other areas of RI.
Wild Horses, Waterplace Park, Providence, RI USA 2018
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Feb 6, 2018 – At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Peruko Ccopacatty spoke of walking through Kennedy Plaza 20 years ago, and dreaming of his art in this public …
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, 2018
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Better Late than Never: Making Sculptor Peruko Ccopacatty’s Public Art Dreams a Reality
The Avenue Concept
The City of Providence Department of Art Culture & Tourism
Ccopacatty Day, 2018
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