Bronze Childhood

by Guy Ciarcia

Design Statement


I use junk. For my spire I used stuffed animals from yard sales that would otherwise have been thrown away because nobody really wants a used stuffed animal. I nailed and glued them to the wooden post and then weatherproofed them with acrylic paints.

I want my work to look like the junk it is, not seeking to assemble the objects into looking like something they are not, such as animals or humans or machines. My long range plan is to inspire the community to do the same in public spaces.

Materials:  Stuffed animals, acrylic paint

Dimensions: 10″ x 10″ x 89″

Map/Spire Number: 40

Location: Hopewell Elementary School

Address: 35 Princeton Avenue, Hopewell NJ

About the Artist

About the Artist

Born in 1942 in Union City, New Jersey, Guy Ciarcia is a classically trained artist, who was educated at the Pratt Institute, New York University, and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. His massive body of work spans over fifty years and runs the gamut from painting, murals, photography, film, and digital drawings to sculpture, assemblage, ceramics, crafts and jewelry.

Early recognition came in the 1960’s as a member of the innovative Smokehouse Painters, a group of painters and sculptors commissioned by the City of New York and funded by the Museum of Modern Art.



HV Arts Council Patterson Full Spire
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Artistic Accolades:

“Must be seen in person to appreciate the sheer volume of childhood memories in this epic creation.”