Quackers

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Quackers is yet another sculpture in the permanent collection in downtown Mesa, AZ. It is located next to a large fountain near the northwest corner of Main and Center streets. (View the guide to Downtown Mesa’s Permanent Sculpture Collection here: http://www.downtownmesa.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/PrintableSculptureGuide.pdf.)

img_5855Mike Dwyer of Loveland, CO created this bronze piece. According to Dwyer’s website (http://mikedwyersculptures.com/mikedwyer-quacke.html),

Mike was inspired to sculpt “Quackers” around his two year old son Nathan and his love of feeding the ducks at the local park. Nathan would hold on to crackers or bread and try to get the ducks to come in as close as possible.

This was Mike’s first sculpture of a child. He used real measurements from Nathan, even going in with his calipers and measuring ears nose and extremities while Nathan was napping. He also took many pictures of the active, small boy in many different poses.

According to http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM8V72_Quackers_Mesa_AZ,

The sculpture was purchased through the City of Mesa’s Permanent Sculpture Panel and was dedicated img_5856in April 2004.

I think this is a really cute piece of art. How can Mesa go wrong with a little kid feeding ducks? What I really want to know is how the city keeps people out of that fountain in the summer.

About Blaize Sun

I live in my van, which makes me a rubber tramp. I like to see places I've never seen before, and I like to visit the places I love again and again. I like to play with color. I make collages and hemp jewelry and cheerful winter hats. I take photographs and (sometimes, not in a long time) write poetry. All of those things make me an artist. Although I like to spread joy and to make people laugh, my wit can be sharp. I try to stay positives in all situations, to find the goodness in all people. But I often feel compelled to point out bullshit when I smell it. I like to have fun, to dance, to eat yummy food, to sit by a fire and share stories. I want to know what people hold dear and important, not just make surface small talk. This blog is a way for me to share stories. This blog is made up of my stories, rants, and observations, as well as my photographs.

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  1. That is one of the cutest bronzes I’ve ever seen!

    And I doubt that they DO keep people out of the fountain in summer. Any place that gets over 120F probably fails in that regard. I guess they can’t hire enough cops to do that and take care of crime at the same time.

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