On this third day of 16 Days of Jackson, the focus turns to a multi-million-dollar piece of art prominently displayed in downtown Jackson: Louise Nevelson’s Summer Night Tree dedicated in the spring of 1978. On the night of December 4, 2013 a cool evening air called me to take a walk in downtown Jackson after my first visit to Nostalgia Ink. https://www.facebook.com/NOS.Ink
I felt a cleansing and healing taking place inside of me as I took deep breaths of the beautiful night air. Early in my walk, I stumbled upon Summer Night Tree. At first glance, my breath was taken away. Where was the black exploding chicken I was used to seeing in daylight? In front of me was a majestic, multi-faceted gigantic wonder with iridescent silver tones caused by its spotlights. I slowly circled the Summer Night Tree, soaking in each angle and coming to full realization for the first time why Louise named it the “night” tree. It springs to life at night. I was blown away.
Looking at these images today, I realize they don’t do the masterpiece justice. I remember taking each image clearly, as I savored the refreshing air and wondered at the scope and beauty of the sculpture. My Toastmaster friend Grant Bauman researched and published this excellent piece on Summer Night Tree:
Fellow Exchange Club member, the Honorable Richard LaFlamme reminded me of a favorite Seinfeld episode when I shared my evening Summer Night Tree experience with him. The legendary “Festivus” episode included the “two faced” Gwen, Jerry’s girlfriend who looked great in full lighting but scary in poor lighting, somewhat like my day/night experiences with Summer Night Tree. The episode entitled “The Strike” was the tenth episode of the final season of Seinfeld. The two-faced girlfriend segments are here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFeUrC2gR30
The Festivus segments are here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8g4Ztf7hIM
Two memorable Seinfeld story lines, all in one big episode.
Special thanks to Grant for his collaboration on this Day Three post and for Judge LaFlamme’s inspiration.
Summer Night Tree during the day
artnet Galleries: Maquette for Summer-Night Tree by Louise Nevelson from Hollis Taggart Galleries
Louise Nevelson, Maquette for Summer-Night Tree