As guests watched eagerly, the molten metal began to flow, illuminating the night with a lambent glow. Beverly stood front and center, watching as her piece became reality. The pour culminated with Executive Director Michael Sturtz welcoming Beverly to the Bay Area, and thanking the guests for their support of The Crucible. As the metal cooled in the mold, the audience moved to the lecture hall for the main feature of the evening, a retrospective lecture by Beverly.
The lecture was the second in The Crucible's Legends of Sculpture lecture series, a lively program featuring world-renowned artists who present their work and answer questions about the processes and techniques they use to produce their art. Beverly showed slides illuminating her work from the beginning of her career to present day. Over 150 members of the community came to hear her speak, and Beverly's engaging and warm presentation offered insight and advice from over 40 years of her very active career as an artist.
With anecdotes about the early days working in the steel industry, to inside views about the thought processes, planning, creative thinking and fabrication challenges inherent in creating large-scale public art, Beverly held the audience enthralled with slides from locations throughout the world where her monumental, site-specific works enhance public squares, parks, sculpture gardens and busy walkways.
Beverly's outdoor environmental projects are a collaboration with the landscape and are on permanent display around the globe. Art - engaged in solving environmental problems - has been central to her work throughout her lifetime. Her huge incisive sculptures in heavy materials like cast iron or flashing steel and large environmental installations have made her one of the most prominent artists of contemporary art in the world.
After the lecture, Beverly led the audience back to the foundry area, where she grabbed a hammer and broke open the mold, revealing the freshly cast bronze piece she designed for the event. Crucible staff will complete the finishing and mounting of the work, which will be on display in The Crucible's gallery through mid-January. The piece will be auctioned at The Crucible's 5th Anniversary event on January 16th, 2004, with the proceeds benefiting the organization's programs and foundry build out.