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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to receive sculpture by famed artist Michael Kalish

Iconic work a gift from Perrier-Jouët Champagne producer

— Sarah Webster, director of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, has announced that Champagne House Perrier-Jouët has donated a significant sculpture to the Art Park in Cazenovia, and a fundraiser for the unveiling has been scheduled for Friday, July 12.

Last year, Perrier-Jouët partnered with famed contemporary artist Michael Kalish to create a sculpture in homage to their iconic Perrier-Jouët bottle. Kalish’s sculpture “Belle Époque” is an interpretation of a beautiful garden and transcends the bottle’s timeless design by French artist Émile Gallé.

The three-dimensional sculpture stands at 14-and-a-half feet and consists of two swooping anemone stems created out of stainless steel and bent aluminum tubing. The anemone flower petals are hand-cut layers of aluminum threaded with gold metal piping from more than 100 Perrier-Jouët champagne cages, and the base is inlaid with hundreds of ground champagne corks.

An intricate process of painting and baking the pieces in large ovens rendered the powder-coated pearl white surface durable and weather resistant. Once installed, “Belle Époque” will join approximately 100 other sculptures on the Art Park’s 104 acres.

“We are overwhelmingly excited to celebrate the arrival of this beautiful and significant work,” said Webster. “We are also extremely honored that Perrier-Jouët selected Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to be the permanent home for ‘Belle Époque’.”

Kalish is an internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor with representation in galleries from Los Angeles to Stockholm, New York to Hong Kong. He has been featured on television, as well as in The New York Times, People, Art in America and USA Today. The subjects of Kalish’s work reflect a broad sampling of American culture, including portraits of popular, political and cultural icons, as well as distinctive modern pop sculptures made solely from recycled materials — many through his signature medium, the license plate. His unique sculptures can be viewed in many museums and are highly sought after by private collectors.

An video of the sculpture’s creation can be viewed on YouTube at youtube.com/watch?v=i0n-Hx862Rc.

The Art Park will host a fundraiser for the unveiling of the sculpture from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $75 per person for members and $100 for non-members. Reservations can be made by sending in payment or calling the Art Park at 655-3196 by Wednesday, July 3.

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