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Permanent art installation beautifies landscape of the Metropolitan

Scott Small's Dancing Bear sculpture is permanently displayed at the Metropolitan in downtown Rochester. (Photo provided)
Scott Small’s Dancing Bear sculpture is permanently displayed at the Metropolitan in downtown Rochester. (Photo provided)

A sculpture by former Rochester artist Scott Small has been permanently installed on the grounds of the Metropolitan.

Dancing Bear, a large bronze sculpture dedicated to Small’s late mother, Rochester artist Edith Lunt Small, commemorates her love of animals and her contributions to the Rochester art community through the years. The free public artwork is presented by Gallina Development, in partnership with Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo).

Small, who died in May 2017, was an internationally renowned and accomplished artist whose work spanned various mediums including painting, woodworking, sculpture and clothing.

“Edie was a great friend and supporter of RoCo and the local art community here in Rochester,” RoCo Executive Director Bleu Cease said in a statement. “We are proud and honored to be part of Scott Small’s public art installation. The Rochester community can now reflect on the whimsy and artistic flair of one of our favorite artists, Edith Lunt Small.”

Scott Small, who now lives in Maine, was born and raised in Rochester and began his career in Philadelphia selling through galleries and commissions. The majority of his work has been commissions including oil portraits, landscapes and sculptures.

Dancing Bear was gifted to RoCo in July 2017 by the Small family and Small said he is “humbled and honored that Rochester has accepted this sculpture and delighted that the innocent excitement about life, represented by this sculpture, will be present to inspire future artists like my mother who share her enthusiasm.”

The bronze sculpture is part of a larger collaboration between RoCo and the Metropolitan.

“We are excited to permanently install Dancing Bear with the City of Rochester as part of the newly redesigned landscape at the Metropolitan,” Gallina Development President Andy Gallina said. “Thanks to our partnership with Rochester Contemporary Art Center and the Small family, Scott Small’s sculpture will be dancing in loving memory of his mother for many years to come.”

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