GRIFFISS INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE GARDEN

Transforming a 3,500 acre former Air Force Base into the vibrant business and technology park it is today takes a Master Plan with dynamic vision. Since 1995, the Park has aligned closely with its’ vision to develop its’ seven zones. To date we have welcomed over 65 businesses and over 5800 employees to the Park.


An enhancement of the natural beauty in the Park—rolling hills, meadows, trees, water, is the addition of public art. Fall 2008 welcomed nine leased or commissioned sculptures to the Park.


Sculpture Garden was conceived by Griffiss Local Development Corporation (GLDC) as part of the Master Plan for Park development. In 2007, Sculpture Space, an international artists’ residency program based in Utica, NY dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary art, partnered with us to spearhead the project.


For phase one, the work of nine international sculptors were selected thanks to a dedicated steering committee consisting of community members, park tenants, and staff. The siting for the sculptures involved artist input and the talented work of Sasaki, an international renowned, landscape architecture firm. The City of Rome and Griffiss Utility Services Corporation (GUSC) provide the lighting for each piece. Griffiss Land Owners Association (GLOA) and GLDC will provide ongoing care for Sculpture Park.


This is only the beginning! It is our intention and vision to expand public art throughout the Park. Over the next ten years, planned development will expand the scope of the collection, locations, and vision for public art in Griffiss Business and Technology Park. For more information on the Sculputre Space program visit www.SculptureSpace.org


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1 Turning
Artist: William Tucker

William Tucker is an eminent British-American sculptor and art scholar, born in Cairo, Egypt in 1935 and raised in England where he attended Oxford ...

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2 Peels
Artist: John von Bergen

John von Bergen was born in 1939 in Stockholm, Sweden and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1963, and after a sti...

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3 Crown
Artist: Rainer Maria Wehner

Wehner was born in Munich, Germany, and grew up in Bamberg, in North Bavaria. He completed two graduate degrees, one in art at the Academy of Fine A...

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4 Argonaut
Artist: Jonathan Kirk

Jonathan Kirk was born in London, England in 1955. He earned his BFA from St. Martins School of Art, London and his MFA from Syracuse University. Ki...

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5 Crosses
Artist: Cestmir Suska

Suska was born in 1952 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (as it was know then) and received his art education there at the Academy of Fine Arts. Since the 1...

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6 Wish to Fly
Artist: James McDermid

James McDermid- Summer 2009 Artist-in-Residence. Though born in Chicago, IL, McDermid now lives in Rome, NY. He was a Resident at Sculpture Space in...

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7 Light Column (Amber, Green, Blue)
Artist: Mark Abildgaard

Californian Mark Abildgaard lives in Woodland, CA and was awarded a Sculpture Space Residency in 1985. His two pieces, Blue Light Column and Amber L...

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8 Pagoda Pavilion
Artist: Jonathan Kirk

Jonathan Kirk was born in London, England in 1955. He earned his BFA from St. Martins School of Art, London and his MFA from Syracuse University. Ki...

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9 Lookout Landing
Artist: Jenny Polak

Jenny Polak- Born in London, England, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY, and was awarded a Sculpture Space Residency in 1995. Polak describes herself as...

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10 Landforms
Artist: Rob Licht

Rob Licht lives in Trumansburg, NY. He developed an early interest in art and design, influenced by his father, an architect and watercolorist. Hi...

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11 Contemplating Sisyphus
Artist: Katarina Issksson

Katrina Isaksson was born in Göteborg, Sweden in 1957 and educated in the U.S. receiving her MFA from Hunter College in New York City. She exhibits ...

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12 Chimney
Artist: Tomasz Domanski

Tomasz Domanski Born in Gizycko, Poland; lives in Wroclaw, Poland and was a Sculpture Space Artist in Residence in 1998. He traveled to the US to sp...

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14 Revolving Door 2
Artist: Charlie Citron

Charlie Citron lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands was awarded Residencies in 1991,1992, and 1999. Revolving Door, which is on loan for two years, is pa...

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16 The Wishing Tree
Artist: Tash Taskale

Tash Taskale began his artistic career in Ankara, Turkey, when he was 16 years old. He moved to France to study art history and archaeology at the U...

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17 Column
Artist: Katarina Isaksson

Katrina Isaksson was born in Göteborg, Sweden in 1957 and educated in the U.S. receiving her MFA from Hunter College in New York City. She exhibits ...

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18 Soft Rime
Artist: John McCarty

John McCarty was born in Washington, DC and is a long time resident of Virginia. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY. Hi...

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19 Vermont II
Artist: Issac Witkin

Isaac Witkin (1936-2006). Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Witkin enjoyed a Sculpture Space Residency in Utica in 1977. The piece on loan at Grif...

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20 The Birth of Venus
Artist: Lucia Warck Meister

Lucia Warck Meister was born and educated in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has shown widely in individual and group exhibitions in Argentina, the U....

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21 Freya
Artist: Peter Lundberg

Peter Lundberg, originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, now maintains an active studio in Bomoseen, Vermont. He received a B.A. in Mathematics and a B...

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