Don Drumm sculpture ‘Birdsnest’ to be installed in Cuyahoga Falls park

A new sculpture designed by renowned Akron artist Don Drumm will settle into a perch at High Bridge Glens Park this fall in Cuyahoga Falls.

“Birdsnest” is the first project approved by the Cuyahoga Falls Public Arts Board, which formed in late 2020 in line with a city master plan to develop a unique public art program.

Drumm, 87, said he has worked on the project for a year and designed the large stainless steel sculpture in a way that he felt would suit its surroundings in the park at 1817 Front St.

A key step begins this month, with welders scheduled to begin cutting pieces that will form the sculpture.

“The shapes are to be cut for their own beauty or own interest, and welded together to create positive or negative shapes,” Drumm said. “And as I worked on it, I began to [think] ‘See, that would be a great place to introduce birds coming out of it.’ So, that’s how I came up with the simple name ‘Birdsnest.’ “

Don Drumm talks about his five-decade career as a sculptor during a 2020 interview in Akron.

Figures representing birds will appear to fly toward the top of the 25-foot sculpture, he said. Stainless steel was chosen for the body because of its reflective properties – which Drumm said will bring different appearances to the artwork based on atmospheric conditions. While many of his artworks are depictions of the sun itself, this one draws inspiration from sunlight.

“The sun plays a big part of the interest, beauty – seeing the shapes and what have you,” Drumm said. “And as the sun moves across the sky, the sculpture is almost like a movie screen. Shadows will cast and move and, if it’s a dull day or rainy day, it won’t have the same appearance as it would during a sunny day. . ”

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