Image: Leilani and Craig of La Chocolate Box with Aylin Green and her Walking Shadman sculpture. Photo courtesy of Aylin Green.
Walking Shadman sculpture makes Shadfest 2017 debut at La Chocolate Box
Lambertville, NJ (April 11, 2017) – It was all the way back in 2005 that Lambertville artist, Aylin Green first created a Shadfest poster that featured a fish/human hybrid with the top of a fish and the bottom of a human. In the years that followed she made a few more posters with this oddball concept, one taking a 3rd place prize in the annual competition that raises money for art student scholarships. Now the artist has created a 24” bronze sculpture called Walking Shadman and it will be featured in the window of La Chocolate Box, a gourmet chocolate shop at 39 N. Union St, in the weeks before and during the festival which is held April 29 and 30 from 12 – 5 pm in Lambertville, NJ.
When asked what it’s all about, Aylin says this work makes a statement about the surrounding communities' relation to the Delaware River. Having gone to Lewis Island several times over the years to watch and help with shad pulls, she experienced the history of this activity on the Delaware. As she observed the family continue to record each haul (in vastly smaller numbers than in their grandfather's time), it brought home how important it is to keep the river clean for future generations. Two years ago, she purchased one shad buck and cast him in wax, this was then used to create the sculpture.
“Walking Shadman is my way of expressing the connection between people and the river in a mythical and somewhat comical way” says Green. “We are what we do to the river. One of my neighbors once said that ‘the river, she chooses’ - meaning chooses who will reside here, and I think that the people of these towns do feel a special connection and appreciation.” If the sculpture sells, the artist will donate a portion to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network whose mission is to protect and restore the whole Delaware River Watershed waterways for the benefit of all.
La Chocolate Box is known for its premium chocolates and gourmet sweets sourced locally and from around the world as well as its unique window displays. Walking Shadman is expected to become the centerpiece of their Shadfest window. Designer Kevin Griffin will create the full display.
Aylin Green (www.aylingreen.com) is an artist and curator who has exhibited her paintings, sculpture, and prints in many arts and cultural venues throughout the region including Princeton, Trenton, and Philadelphia. She holds a BFA from Mason Gross at Rutgers University and a MA of Ed from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Aylin is the director of the West Windsor Arts Council, a community volunteer, a mom, and has lived in Lambertville since 2002.
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