Just west of the Victorian Lily Pond at Hudson Gardens, a slender figure dances in a small conifer grove. It is a bronze sculpture, “Red Dress,” by Highlands Ranch sculptor Shohini Ghosh, placed on Sept. 8 by South Suburban Park and Recreation's sculpture on loan program.
Kathryn McMurray, chairman of South Suburban's public art committee, introduced Ghosh, who said she had created this piece in 2011 and was happy to see it in a garden. (It fits so well, one would think it was designed for this location.)
The district arranges with sculptors to borrow a piece for a particular placement in the district's property, for a year, with the understanding that it is for sale. There are also sculptures in front of the Goodson Center, for example.
Rich Meredith, Hudson Gardens' executive director, announced that the Gardens would indeed buy the piece, ensuring that it could dance in place long after the one-year loan period is up.
Shohini Ghosh, who is a longtime Highlands Ranch resident with her husband and family, studied art in India and lectured at the University of Mumbai after she earned her master's degree in art.
She says in her website: “I create sculptures in bronze that can best be described as figurative, stylistic representations of simple moments in life, a zeitgeist of my surroundings. I use the human body to express and create physical images as a metaphor for the language of the soul (life-force), the illustration of our uniqueness as a human race, our quest to build families, communities and societies that define our existence … an individual quest to record the most precious moments in the spectrum of human emotion and interaction.”
(Many women probably can recall the absolute joy of a new dress that made one want to dance and swirl.)
In 2011 and 2012, she created and installed seven larger-than-life public art sculptures in Changchun, China, as part of a summer city beautification program with international sculptors.
Her large works are seen across the U.S. and in Canada.
An advocate for the use of public art as a city development tool, she has delivered a paper on that subject at various symposia.
She will be teaching basics of sculpture in Highlands Ranch again, she said, where she is also a full-time real estate broker.
If you go
The sculpture “Red Dress” is near the Victorian Lily Pond (which is now in exuberant bloom) at Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Admission is free to the Gardens, which are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 303-797-8565.
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