A new sculpture has arrived on the lawn of The Rye Arts Center. Synergy by Maryland artist, Brent Crothers, is constructed of countless recycled copper fittings and pipes soldered together to create a nearly six-foot tall egg-like sculpture.
The copper pipes are a rather fitting medium for Crothers, the son of a plumber. Synergy is part of a series he developed called the Water Wars Series.
"My brother knew I'd been sick for a long time and called to tell me that the price of scrap copper was higher than it had ever been, so one day I walked up to the studio with the intention of gathering the copper for recycling to bring in a little cash. It only took moments for me to realize that there was too much beauty, too much history in these old pipes and fittings to recycle in that manner. Thus started the 3 year project to create this sculpture now known as Synergy. Many memories merging to make a difference." - Brent Crothers
When Crothers was twenty-four he purchased twenty acres of undeveloped forest where he began following his artistic intuition, using the materials of the forest create works. He honed his skills at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Rinehart School of Sculpture where he earned his MFA.
His works have appeared in a number of museums such as The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Delaware Museum, and The Art Museum of The America’s in Washington, DC. His sculptures are included in numerous private and public collections both domestic and overseas.
Synergy will remain on view through the spring of 2018. It is part of The Rye Arts Center’s Public Art Initiative spearheaded by local artist, Bob Clyatt. This program is made possible in part by grants from ArtsWestchester and The New York State Council on the Arts as well as a grant from The Westchester Community Foundation.