Sculptor donates 2 pieces
Sculptor John Casper, longtime pillar of the local art community, has donated two major pieces to the Fond du Lac Public Library.
Glitter Flow hangs above the inside entrance to the Children’s Room. It’s a multicolored, flowing sculpture of glittered and wood shapes that sparkles with life. The Great Circle is a mixed-media earth-toned sculpture that hangs near the fireplace on the main level. In photo at right, Casper stands next to The Great Circle.
Casper was moved to donate the pieces in November because “the library is the crossroads of our developing intellectual humanity,” he said. “It’s a place of great exchange – there’s something for everybody here. It’s a place of creating community and raising consciousness.”
“Both pieces are wonderful additions to the visual landscape of the library,” said director Ken Hall. “We appreciate John’s generosity as much as his artistic accomplishments.”
Casper was born in Fond du Lac, received his bachelor of Fine Arts from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He spent the majority of his professional career in the San Francisco area before returning to Fond du Lac in the early 1990s.
The donations are not Casper’s first involvement with the library. He conceived and supervised the creation of Community Wave, a large-scale installation that paired his triptych sculpture with more than 100 drawings submitted by members of the community. It was planned and executed as an artistic focal point for the library’s major building expansion and renovation in 2003. The piece was installed in 2004 on the main level opposite the main staircase.
Casper plans to relocate soon to Mexico, where he will continue his life’s work as a mixed-media artist. His pieces can be viewed on his website, www.johncasperfineart.com. There, he writes: “Art is true and beautiful when it freely expresses symbols of inherent reality that light our way to a deeper experience of our humanity.”