By PATRICIA FREED
For The Vista
“Stained Glass” is sculptor artist Roger Listenberger’s latest addition to the Art Guild’s Sculpture Trail. The handicapped-accessible Sculpture Trail is located near Druid Hills next to the Plateau Creative Arts Center.
This scenic Sculpture Trail is an offshoot of the paved central trail that travels north-south under Peavine Road.
Viewers will rely on their imagination to see the glass in this unique sculpture.
Roger explains, “It’s an imagination piece. I looked at stained glass designs and wanted to make one, but I wanted to make it out of steel.”
He created his version of contemporary stained glass artwork from geometric square steel tubing, which provides the sculptural outlines.
They frame the ever changing windows of “glass” that is nature in the woods: full of life, growing and evolving throughout the minutes, hours, days, and seasons. The viewer sees into the woods behind the sculpture through windows framed in steel.
Roger chose fluorescent green as the paint color for the sculpture’s powder coat, using a paint process where the pigment is baked onto the steel, giving it a shiny, long-lasting outdoor finish. Roger notes that the green will be especially interesting in winter when it contrasts with brown winter vegetation and white snow. Looking at “Stained Glass,” the shapes created from steel tubing are reminiscent of shapes in nature (possibly a tree, sun, or moon) or whatever the viewer’s imagination wants to see.
The complexity and size of Roger’s sculptures have increased over time, first starting small then moving toward larger, more complex creations. Roger enjoys the technical challenge of designing and creating sculptures with different materials.
He began sculpting with wood, and then switched to steel because of its technical challenge, and it was a good excuse to learn how to weld. He also likes to mix materials or switch to different materials because of their differing technical properties and challenges.
Currently he is working in cast stone (concrete) making small tables, creating the bases from wood or steel and the tops from cast stone embedded with quartz or whatever. Roger can be contacted at [email protected]
For more information about the Art Guild’s classes, display gallery, or Sculpture Trail, visit the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive (off Peavine Rd.) or call 931-707-7249.
By PATRICIA FREED