Dave Caudill, a Louisville sculptor, has created artworks across America and abroad. Most of his pieces are stainless steel abstract expressions. For the new Lyric Norton Commons, Dave has sculpted a stylized presentation of a treble clef staff with musical notes that he has fashioned from thick stainless plate. It will be installed later this summer. “It’s exciting to work with a client willing to embrace an unusual design,” Dave said.

You’ve seen his other work at 6th and Main, UofL's School of Music, Crescent Hill Library, and Yew Dell Gardens. The Lyric sculpture is made of stainless steel and stands 15 feet tall and 3 feet in diameter. “It presents a part of the musical notation for the song “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie in the form of an upward spiral,” Dave said. He titled the sculpture “Community,” to reflect Guthrie’s intent with that song and to remind everyone who sees it “of the importance of community at a time when so much emphasis has been placed on individuality.”

Lyric Norton Commons is a new five-acre luxury community with apartments, retail space, and public art installations. Nashville-based Bristol Development Group commissioned two outdoor sculptures for the Lyric community and showcased them both in mid-May by sponsoring the 2021 Norton Commons Arts Festival in its new location this year, the North Village Town Square across the street from Lyric. “Commons Love Tree” by Garry Bibbs was installed the day before the festival, while festival-goers got a photo preview of Dave Caudill’s sculpture as they enjoyed local musicians, independent food and drink vendors, and the local artisan community. The Lyric community will install Dave’s “Community” sculpture this summer at the corner of Meeting Street and River Beauty Loop (the front door of Lyric Norton Commons, if you will) and just across from the North Village Town Square.

“I believe in the power of beautiful art to inspire and challenge people,” Dave said. “So many people will see a piece of art in public who might not visit a gallery or museum and by stimulating curiosity and imagination, public art can fuel creativity across all of society.”

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Posted on 2021-06-01 by Kathie Stamps