“Dark Crescent” – Roger Halligan

Donated by the Artist
Steel, Portland cement products, paint
110″ x 12″ x 16″

From the artist:

My sculpture Dark Crescent makes reference to the standing stones I have seen in Ireland. They stand silently but evoke a connection to our Neolithic past. Where they stand makes where they stand unique. They create a “name place”. Are they some marker of boundaries or some directional supplement? This particular one has a slice through its top in a crescent shape. Why is it there? What does it tell you? The blue black darkness of the sculpture makes the crescent the lightest element of the sculpture. A tribute to the moon? Is it a commentary of the conjunction of darkness and light in the heavens and on the earth?

Artist Bio:

Roger Halligan has been creating sculpture since the mid nineteen seventies. He received his MFA with honors in Studio Arts from the University of Georgia in 1977. After graduation he joined the newly formed Exhibit Design Department at the North Carolina Zoological Park where he was involved in the design and construction of natural habitat exhibits for African and later, North American animals. He was instrumental in the development of techniques now used at that zoo in its construction of hardscape features such as faux rocks, waterfalls and faux trees. In 1993 he was awarded the State of North Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence for his work in the design and construction of the Sonora Desert Exhibit. He left the zoo in 1992 to devote his time to his fine art.
He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions and has won numerous awards and commissions. His sculpture is in museum and public collections including the Weatherspoon Museum at UNC-Greensboro, the Maitland Museum in Maitland, FL and the William King Museum in Abington, VA.. Outdoor public collections include the Kellog Center, UNC- Asheveille in Hendersonville NC, the cities of Carrboro and Raleigh, NC, and Chattanooga, TN.. Other sites include the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee, and Rock City, Lookout Mt., GA.

His work is privately collected and can be seen regularly at the Arts Company Gallery in Nashville, TN.

Artist website: www.rogerhalligan.com