Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades - Stoughton, Wisconsin

Artist's Statement

Trickledown presents a contemporary update of a pastoral image. Inspired by the current economic situation and its effect on our communities, this large-scale sculpture takes the form of a tipped-over wooden bucket pouring its contents out onto the ground. A cluster of rooftops is bobbing downstream out of the bucket and collecting in puddles at the mouth of the sculpture. It suggests the tale of Jack and Jill, or the phrase “No use crying over spilled milk.” The initial playful quality has an undertone of regret. The trickledown effect of larger social forces into our own neighborhoods is the subject of this sculpture. 
Reminiscent of folklore and children’s stories, the wooden bucket is warm and inviting. It is made of cedar held together with steel rings, using an old woodworking process known as “coopering.” The “water” pours outward in a series of stepped radiating forms filled with sand. Embedded in the sand is a series of geometric forms that upon closer inspection will resemble the rooftops of contemporary homes, with their complicated planes, gables and intersecting volumes. These rooftop shapes tumble as though a flood had deposited them there. We hope that the appealing, nostalgic quality of the sculpture is formally pleasing but also questions assumptions about the stability of neighborhood, community and home.

Photo contributed by Digital Dubuque
Artists' Bios
Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades are sculptors and public artists who work on projects individually and as part of Actual Size, a collaborative team. Simpson has an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Georgiades has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from University of Michigan. Their public art projects can be seen in Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Kansas, Chicago and other locations nationally and they have done temporary projects around the United States and Europe. Their work is site specific and often architecturally integrated, using materials such as metal, concrete and glass. It is usually characterized by a strong profile, excellent craftsmanship, and the ability to change as a viewer walks past, creating a sense of discovery and interest upon repeated viewing. The artists are committed to the collaborative process and are interested in what artist/citizens can contribute to public space and to public life. They have resided in Stoughton, Wisconsin, since 2000 and both teach at the University of Wisconsin Madison. 

Sales price - $12,000