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Second Sculpture Walk installation at Springfield Brewing Co.

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“Breathe,” a 10-foot resin sculpture by Joan Benefiel, will be installed on the balcony of the Springfield Brewing Co. as part of the Second Annual Sculpture Walk.

The second of 12 sculptures that will comprise the 2016 Sculpture Walk in downtown Springfield will arrive via truck from Brooklyn, New York and will be installed at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Springfield Brewing Company’s balcony, according to Sculpture Walk coordinator Nicole Brown.

The sculpture, entitled “Breathe,” is a red 10-foot-tall, cast-resin nude by Joan Benefield.

According to Benefield, “I received my first monumental public art commission in 2004. Primarily self-taught up to that point, I was accepted to the MFA program for figurative sculpture at the New York Academy of Art that same year. Since then my work has been commissioned for installations in various cities across the United States including New York and L.A., and included in numerous private collections.

“I am inspired by the spark of magic that occurs when the expressive power of the human form meets my favorite medium. I sculpt my figures first in clay, plaster, and wax before casting them in the most technically advanced luminous resin, a material that captures and holds light in a transfixing way. I often imagine that the figures look as if they could be actually modeled directly in light. I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. I live and work in Brooklyn, New York’s artist enclave of Bushwick.”

The first sculpture in the 2016 Sculpture Walk, “Communications Vine,” by Eric Troffkin, was installed outside Hollywood Theaters at 415 W. College Street. According to Brown, the rest of the sculptures will be installed over the next two weeks in preparation for Sculpture Walk’s official 2016 opening May 6.

Sculpture Walk’s vision is to create an annually rotating sculpture museum without walls in public spaces in Springfield.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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