Sculpture lessons with the artist

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On August 4, artist and sculptor Michael Alfano introduced Step 2 Courageous Sailing students to the practice of sculpting with wire. Students learned firsthand from Alfano, whose sculpting work is now on display at the Navy Yard, how he uses wire sculpting techniques in his practice.

Alfano shared examples of his work as students learn to twist and bend different gauges of wire to create sculptural forms including faces, figures and abstract shapes. Following the program, Jen Bodde, Education Director for Courageous Sailing, shared, “It was a wonderful opportunity for our children, and I think they enjoyed it and got a lot out of it.”

Artist Michael Alfano shows Step 2 Courageous Sailing students the practice of sculpting with wire.
Artist Michael Alfano shows one of his pieces to Step 2 Courageous Sailing students.

Funding for this program is made possible by a grant from the Massport Authority Community Fund. Navy Yard Garden & Art received a $2,500 grant to provide programming for the duration of the public art exhibit.

The “Of Many Minds” Sculpture Exhibit consists of 20 sculptures by Alfano displayed along the Boston Harborwalk in the Charlestown Navy Yard, from the USS Constitution in Boston National Historic Park to Mayor Menino Park in Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. This free exhibit offers welcome outdoor activity while walking, biking, and enjoying views of the Boston city skyline.

The exhibit will be in place in the Navy Yard until December 18, 2023.

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