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. Kirk has received several awards and grants including a New York Foundation for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants and an Individual Artist Grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation. His work is represented in the collections of Colgate University, the City University of New York and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York. Kirk was Studio Manager at Sculpture Space from 1980 to 2000. He continues to live and work in Utica, New York.
About Pagoda Pavilion, he explains that the gazebo design is based on a variety of combined visual references including the Norwegian Stave Church, the Japanese Pagoda, the Western Pavilion, along with and a bit of humor and whimsy lifted from my own sculptural preoccupations with certain forms and shapes that have appeared in my works over the years. As the inaugural Griffiss Gazebo, the structure offers visitors benches that are built into the piece, which falls within a 12‘ diameter footprint.