When I was younger, I would look at
sculptures and wonder how someone could even think up something like that. I remember looking specifically at the Peace Fountain and wondering how the birds were staying together by only the tips of the wings. I recently began my internship at the Charles E. Gagnon museum and sculpture garden with close to no beforehand knowledge of what it would be like. The very first thing to happen was an incredible private tour of the museum, which included a history of the artist Charles Gagnon and the vision for the museum. Embarrassingly enough, I had been unaware that Mr. Gagnon was the artist who created the Peace Fountain that resides in downtown Rochester, Mn. I had walked past that fountain a hundred times. I had lived in this city for almost seventeen years now, and I didn’t know a thing about that sculpture, other than it being the center of the Peace Plaza.
Because of this internship, I’ve been introduced to the world of casting and enlarging and how sculptures are made. I’ve learned that the 12 foot peace fountain was an evolvement of a 9 inch model. Several other models were made before Mr. Gagnon settled upon the the final design for the present fountain. The peace fountain is an embodiment of everything that Mr. Gagnon has worked to convey through his work: hope, inspiration, peace, and an uplifting sense of promise. These concepts are visible in all of his other works as well. You can check out some of his other works here.
- Briana Hennessy is an intern at the Charles E. Gagnon museum and is the primary editor of the blog.