We are excited to return to the Huntington Mall in Barboursville, WV bringing back another large-scale installation created by Germany based artist, Kelly O'Brien.
The installation is made primarily out of paper; over 8000 paper flowers make up the beautifully elegant swan dancer. The tree will be filled with handmade cherry blossoms inspired by the artists hometown of Washington, D.C.
The Huntington Mall's Believe Campaign theme of Hope inspired Kelly OBriens vision for this installation. As a classically trained dancer, OBrien draws ideas from ballet. This piece is based on Swan Lakes Odette and Odile, who embody the dichotomy of white and black, light and dark. Yet inside each of us exists a little bit of both. We are complex changing beings, not simply good or bad.
OBriens work explores a more nuanced approach: thinking in shades of gray, reflected in the swan dancers costume. What if there were more options than all or nothing, yes or no, win or lose? What if we had a range of options for happiness, or to solve the big problems?
Black or white thinking does not foster understanding. OBriens belief is that a more thoughtful, openhearted approach will take us further. While spring, embodied in the Japanese cherry tree, is a time of new growth, this installation is a reminder that hope blossoms year-round.
Kelly OBrien Paper sculpture, dance, and dresses - these are the hallmarks of Germany-based artist Kelly OBriens work. A former ballet dancer and now mixed media artist, OBrien feels most alive when filling spaces with paper-based installations that suggest a sense of movement and grace.