(BIVN) – During Tuesday’s dedication of the new, $95.8 million Keahuolū Courthouse in Kona, two new sculptures were also introduced to the public.
Jonathan Johnson, executive director of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, introduced the works and their creators, artists Matthew Salenger and Jerry Vasconcellos.
Salenger’s sculpture, Creating Kamaʻaina, is a roof-like object that straddles the walkway towards the new building from the parking lot, and “explores our connection to place,” the Foundation says.
Vasconcellos’ sculpture, Hoʻo Pohaku, features rock-figures created using stone from the courthouse construction site. “It is an affirmation to stand firm in the light of our truths,” according the foundation.
Kahu Danny Akaka, Jr., blessed the art works with assistance from his daughter, Kalei.
These works of art were produced as part of the state′s Art in Public Places Program, which was established to enhance the environmental quality of public buildings and spaces, the Hawaiʻi Judiciary says.