Modern art sculpture designed for theater

Paseo District Artist Colin Rosebrook is designing a sculpture for OCCC’s new theater. The sculpture, named “Crescendo,” will be a modern art representation depicting the letters OCCC.

Fifteen feet tall and made of stainless steel, the “Crescendo” was purchased through donations from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Stone City, Development Director Jennifer Hardt said.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Stone City have donated nearly $41,000 to build this sculpture, which has a $45,000 price tag.

The musical group donated $1 from each ticket sold from their last three concerts in Oklahoma City th the Chessapeake Arena Hardt said.

Stone City is the San Antonio- based promotions company that brings the orchestra to cities across the globe, according to a press release on OCCC webpage.

“Some interested citizens wanted to help put a sculpture outside the new theater and Rosebrook came up with the concept,” Institutional Advancement Executive Director Lealon Taylor said.

One student thinks the sculpture will add to OCCC.

“I think it would be a good contribution to the campus,” Biology major Taylor Gordon said.

For those interested in seeing the “Crescendo” sculpture the college will host an unveiling ceremony this fall after the theater has been completed.

“We are going to have an unveiling of the sculpture ceremony and invite the public to attend and any interested citizens, students, faculty or staff,” Taylor said. “There will be a presentation, the unveiling of the sculpture and I’m sure they will have speeches by the artist as well as Dr. Sechrist. It will be this fall, we are working on a date right now.”

The idea began back in 2008 when some southside community leaders had noticed a sculpture that Rosebrook did at the Chamber of Commerce, Hardt said.

“That’s when it was discussed that we should consider doing something big and exciting for the new theater,” she said. “The orchestra is excited about the unveiling and the ceremony, and they want to be in attendance,” Taylor said. “This is a big project for the group and so they specifically asked that they be invited.

“Of course, we want them here to thank them for donating the sculpture.”

Taylor said each year the Trans-Siberian Orchestra travels from town to town and donate to a local charity or foundation that promotes the arts.

The group is a progressive rock band according to their website www.trans-siberian. com

“We are pretty fortunate to have been chosen to receive the donations from TSO three years in a row,” Hardt said.

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