RoadRunner Forge is proud to announce that Ridgecrest artist-blacksmith Mike Mumford’s artwork “Shakespirit” was selected for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s “Adams Theatre Farewell Art Exhibit.”
Shakespirit was installed in the USF Randall Theatre on June 18th, one of the two production venues for the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah. The art show opens at the same time as the USF Summer 2015 season, which opens on June 25th. Ridgecrest visitors to the Utah Shakespeare Festival are encouraged to view the sculpture while attending the Festival. The art show runs through Oct. 31.
Development of Shakespirit represents a venture into a new art form for Mike. Many people recall the Shadow Sculpture show that featured his work at the Maturango Museum in 2013. Since then, Mike has continued to produce Shadow Sculptures; these ideas have evolved into the new form of a Visual Align Sculpture. In a Shadow Sculpture, elements of the sculpture align to cast a specific shadow. In a Visual Align Sculpture, the elements of the sculpture align in the direct view to create a specific image.
In Shakespirit, the basic form of the sculpture is an interpretation of the USF Adams Theatre – theatergoers will recognize the shape of the stage front, the balconies over the stage, the shape of the overhanging roof, the hexagonal cupola on top, and the various flags that adorn the cupola.
In addition, there are two actors on stage, with flowing capes and drapes.
When viewed from the proper direction, all of the elements of the artwork line up to produce the image of William Shakespeare, holding a quill pen, writing his plays. The image is based upon the canonical 1623 image from his first folios of plays.
Shakespirit represents the idea that the spirit of William Shakespeare permeates the Adams Theatre, the actors, and the presentations on the Adams stage.
Made from forged and fabricated steel, Shakespirit weighs about 100 lb.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival issued a Call for Artists in summer 2014, calling for artists to celebrate and commemorate the final season (of about 54 seasons) of the Adams Shakespearean Theatre. The Adams Theatre is an outdoor theater, evoking the famous Globe Theatre. The Adams Theatre is expected to be replaced by a new and larger theater complex in 2016.
Out of a much larger number of submissions, Mike is one of 22 artists selected for showing at the Adams Theatre Farewell Art Exhibit.