Bucket Brigade By Peter Reiquam
The Bucket Brigade by Peter Reiquam was installed April 2017, and now welcomes visitors to Roswell’s Fire Station No. 4, the newest civic building in Roswell, on Old Alabama Road. This intriguing work of art combines a salute to firefighters with an affirmation of the rich history and sense of community that can be found in our city as it nestles next to Chattahoochee River.
What an exciting and progressive choice that Roswell has made in the "Bucket Brigade" for its first foray into a public art project. I think the work is accessible, clever and sophisticated, and will be enjoyed by all ages!
Public Art Administrator, Fulton County
What is a Bucket Brigade?
In firefighting, a bucket brigade is a line of people who pass buckets from one another to put out a fire.Today, firefighters enjoy bucket brigade competitions at special events, working together in teams to honor this tried-and-true technique.
More broadly, the term is used to describe people working together — each at their own level of ability— to achieve a common goal.
The Bucket Brigade is a fun piece of art that people will bring to life when they pose as if they were actually in the brigade line.
Deputy Fire Chief
Roswell Fire Department
About the Sculpture
Peter Reiquam, whose proposal was chosen by a Public Art Panel representing key stakeholders, describes his inspiration for the sculpture.
As I learned about the history of Roswell, with its closely-knit community and connection to the Chattahoochee River, the Bucket Brigade seemed to be the perfect representation of the city's past, present and future.
The sculpture serves as a metaphor for community involvement and teamwork - whether joining forces to
save a neighbor's home or working toward a worthy cause. Finally, I am taken with the new station's proximity to the Chattahoochee River and feel that
“Bucket Brigade”reinforces the connection between the community, the fire department and this source of
life-giving and life- saving water,” he continues.
“It is my hope that this art at Fire Station No. 4 will be a landmark that residents and visitors will identify with and enjoy again and again."
Based on a simple fire fighting method involving a team of people passing water-filled buckets, hand to hand, to be thrown onto a fire, “Bucket Brigade” illustrates this idea using a series of buckets as individual frames in a sort of stop-motion animation or pages of a flipbook.
Seven buckets of graduated sizes are arranged on a curved stainless steel rail that forms a swooping arc and describes the path of motion created by the action of receiving a bucket from one’s neighbor and throwing its contents onto the raging fire. The graduated sizes of the individual buckets will create a forced perspective and the illusion that the line of buckets is getting closer as each is passed from person to person.
The buckets are fabricated from stainless steel and their exterior surface is powder-coated fire engine red. A simulated “splash” molded from thermoplastic material appears to spill from the first bucket in the line and a large volume of polymer “water” appears to be thrown from the largest bucket at the end of the line. These three-dimensional clear plastic elements are a convincing stand-in for the real thing as they freeze the image of the flying water. The dramatic effect of this transparent surrogate “water” is further enhanced by incorporating LED lights inside of the buckets making the thermoplastic material appear to glow after dark.
The free-standing swooping support rail is installed on an engineered pavilion placed near the main entrance to the fire station.
The sculpture will be visible to pedestrians and passing motorists and will serve as an iconic, contemporary site marker for Fire Station # 4.
About the Artist
Peter Reiquam is a Seattle-based artist who has been creating public works for over 20 years. His site-integrated works often use a stylized representation of familiar objects as a device for viewer interaction. His artworks are often both functional, as well as instilled with a conceptual narrative. Peter received his MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 1984 and has completed public art commissions for the Washington State Arts Commission, the City of Kent, Sound Transit, the City of Seattle and other locations nationally.
Peter’s Nine Lives was named one of the best works of public art in 2015 by Americans for the Arts, and The Empty Chair received the same recognition in 2014. He also received this recognition in 2009 for “Landing Zone” and in 2007 for “Big Corn.”
Sky Maintenance by Dimitriy Alekseyev
A Gift from Moscow
“Sky Maintenance,” by Dima Alekseyev is a gift of public art to the City of Roswell.
Suspended from the bridge on Highway 400, which crosses over the Chattahoochee River at Riverside Road, “Sky Maintenance” is visible to all passersby, including those driving along Riverside Road, walking in Don White Park or kayaking down the Chattahoochee.
And for all, “Sky Maintenance” will spark delight and curiosity.
About the Artist
Dima Alekseyev is well known for his large, suspended silhouettes, which are installed on public structures around the world. Most recently, “Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio.” was installed at the Millennium Gate Museum.
“Sky Maintenance” came to Roswell by way of Dima’s son, Feodor Alekseyev, who is a resident of Roswell. It took close to two years to shepherd the project through GDOT and RDOT to get approval. RDOT staff, Robert Dell-Ross concludes, “We look forward to future collaborations with the Roswell Arts Fund and the Georgia Department of Transportation, on projects that improve our resident’s quality of life.”
“Sky Maintenance” now joins 12 other works of art as part of Roswell's second ArtAround Roswell 2017 Sculpture Tour. You can listen to Dima speak about his art on ArtAround Roswell OtoCast app (downloadable free from your favorite app store).
About the Sculpture
Dima began fabricating “Sky Maintenance” in Moscow, and then continued assembly here, at the Old Machine Shop, located in the Roswell Mill.The space provided nearly 1000 feet of open work area, equipped with only a table, chair and a good old-fashioned sewing machine, The artwork is constructed from thin wire mesh and elastic glue. Once installed, “Sky Maintenance” will remain suspended four to five meters above the Chattahoochee, and it will remain there for two years.
For Dima, “Sky Maintenance” brings together two of his most significant interests.
“I have always been attracted by the bridges,” Dima explains. “Both in the metaphysical sense and in engineering, [a bridge] is a miracle.” And of the sky (a.k.a. “the Heavens”), Dima says it is important to maintain. For “when people no longer look to the sky, civilization will end.”
“Sky Maintenance” promises to capture the imagination and further enhance the artistic landscape of our community.
Dima looks to the sky for stories and translates them into art. What stories do you see?
Anyone interested in contacting the artist can do so by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.