Quietly standing in the landscape of the Kay Jewelers Pavilion will be a family of sculptures without a name but not without purpose.
Local artist, Don Drumm, is donating 3 free-standing sculptures to adorn the grounds of the building. Although Drumm didn’t design the sculptures specifically for the hospital, the pieces are a beautiful reflection of the families it serves.
After hearing about the newest building on Akron Children’s campus and seeing its construction, Drumm felt the sculptures were best suited just down the road from his gallery.
“I feel it’s important the hospital chose to have a contemporary look to the architecture of the building because it reflects the innovative treatments and care they offer,” Drumm said. “I think the new building is gorgeous, and I’m happy the sculptures can be a part of this great space.”
While Drumm is widely recognized for his use of cast aluminum as an artistic medium, the family sculptures were created with an equally unique technique but different material.
Drumm designed the sculptures as hand-drawn sketches and used a computer-assisted water-jet plasma-cutting machine to make them come to life.
“Our gallery is fortunate enough to have a partnership with a company in North Carolina that can cut our renderings to any size we need,” said Drumm. “For these pieces, I knew they would be featured outdoors so each one is 7 to 8 feet tall.”
One sculpture, depicting a pregnant mother, is made of Core 10. This special steel, made by U.S. Steel, holds rust to give a rusty finish and color but doesn’t decay.
The other 2 sculptures, both representing
parents with children, were made from mild steel then galvanized with zinc and sand blasted. Ink color and sealer were also added to the surface to suit the artist’s preference.
Through this layering process, the integrity of each sculpture can endure the extreme outdoor temperatures and weather conditions.
The material, color scheme and images portrayed in Drumm’s sculptures are echoed in the design and color selection used inside the new building. For example, the emergency department, which represents a puddle, uses cool, calming colors similar to the blue color of the family sculpture. The outpatient surgery center, which represents a sandbox, uses a warm yet lively interior color palette much like the pregnant mother sculpture.
The blue family sculptures are located in each landscape bed on the southeast and southwest corners of Perkins Park. The rust-colored mother sculpture is featured in the landscape bed in front of the Exchange Street Deck.
“I think Children’s is the perfect home for these sculptures,” added Lisa Drumm, Drumm’s wife and fellow artist.