The Cloud, a new sculpture at East Third Street and Founders Way on Southside Bethlehem, is scheduled to be dedicated Thursday afternoon.
The addition to the SteelStacks campus entrance was created by Carol Lambert, an internationally renowned award-winning sculptor.
The sculpture is part of the Gateway Sculpture project, which is a partnership between the City of Bethlehem and the nonprofit ArtsQuest. The piece was made possible by a grant from Northampton County and is part of the Bethlehem Public Art Collection.
“Public art is a way for people to engage with their community through visual representations of history and culture,” said Lisa Harms, senior director of visual arts and education at ArtsQuest, in a press release. “Sculptures like The Cloud create new ways for us to interact with our city’s landscape and understand our past. We are honored to work with Coral Lambert, who is an esteemed artist with a deep connection to the steel industry.
Lambert has been involved in a number of iron castings around the world, including Steel Weekend Bethlehem.
Mayor J. William Reynolds noted that “projects like this contribute significantly to Bethlehem’s reputation as an artistic and cultural community. Without partners such as Northampton County, ArtsQuest and the (city) Fine Arts Commission, projects like this would not be possible.
The Cloud is scheduled to be unveiled at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 at East Third Street and Founders Way. Afterward, Lambert will lead an artist talk at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema inside SteelStacks’ ArtsQuest Center, beginning at 5 p.m.
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