PETER W. MICHEL, Sculptor     Sculpture in Celebration of Self, Relationship and Community
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A public sculpture for
The Beauchamp Branch Library in the Southside Neighborhood of Syracuse, NY
"Community as Family" installed on August 1st
Community As Family Community As Family        .     See others views of the installed sculpture - click here

Photos of the newly installed sculpture on the facebook page  

Click here for fabrication photos                          

Design Study for Beauchamp Branch Library
Axonometric view 01 
Blue circle base is 6'-0" in diameter, height off 6" concrete base is 6'-7"
Total height off grade would vary as ground slopes slightly, would be a 
minimum of 7'-0"
View 02
More or less eye level view
Elevation 1
Elevation 01

"Community as Family"

Imagine a community that was functioning as a healthy family - where each individual was encouraged to be fully self expressed and to be the best that they could be, where each member was looking out for other family members with encouragement and support, where the entire family worked as one to create a nurturing and fulfilling life for all.  What a joy that would be.

This sculpture is intended to be a playful symbol for just such a community.  The varied color and form of the figures symbolize the diverse make up of the community. The rainbow colors are a symbol of an inclusive community.  The Circle represents the unity and the unified voice of a community coming together to create this place that nurtures everyone and that everyone can be proud of.

The sculpture is made of painted aluminum elements bolted together and to a concrete base.


Maquette - View 1
Community As Family Maquette
Study Model:
The blue circle will be
6'-0" in diameter.  The top of the figure sitting on the arm ring will be 6'-7" off the concrete base.

Connecting angles and color of concrete base are not shown.  Thickness of aluminum plates is not to scale.

individual figure elements
Study of individual figure elements (with modified blue figure)
Design Study for Beauchamp Branch Library
Site Location study for the Beauchamp Branch Library
Size and location are approximate
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 1997/2011 by Peter W. Michel                Posted 4-13-11   updated 6-02-12
 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780