The "Circle of Hope" sculpture and public work of art was commissioned by Marianne Sinisi. Ms Sinisi tragically lost her son, then in his early twenties, to a drug overdose. In memory of her son, Ms Sinisi set out to create an aspirational work of public art calling attention to the tragic effects of Addiction and Alcoholism on individuals, families, and our society at large, and the need for recovery resources, while expressing hope that those suffering the ravages of this disease will find new beginnings in sobriety.
"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new beginning."
The artist, David Beach, is himself twelve years in recovery from substance abuse. Ms Sinisi raised funding for the project from sponsors UPMC Hospitals and Sheetz Corp. The City of Altoona, Pennsylvania approved placement in Tuckahoe Park, a community recreation resource. The "Circle of Hope" is set in a garden together with a dedication carved in granite and a plaque explaining the worthy cause that inspired it.
Artist/fabricator David Beach considered various types of metal materials and alternative coatings for the sculpture of a human figure that is the centerpiece of this project. In total, Beach spent 200 hours of handiwork craeating the figure. After discussion with several potential suppliers, the artist decided on mild carbon steel and hot-dip galvanizing as the best choices for this sculpture. Corrosion resistance and long term durability in an outdoor setting, together with ready availability of hot-dip galvanizing nearby with all necessary cleaning, surface preparation, and coating processes under a single roof, made the decision easy. Also, the galvanizer was highly recommended to the artist by a large, local powder coater.
The size of the sculpture together with its complex surface and three-dimensional structure, were perfectly suited to the galvanizers' expertise in small kettle galvanizing and specialty parts, and the galvanizers' customary attention to detail, surface consistency, and appearance.
Altoona, PA United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance
The 300 pound human figure
Families United for Change
Fox Chapel Iron Works
Korns Galvanizing Co., Inc.
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