Van Alstine sculpture donation


The City invites the public to provide comment on the proposed Alexandria Sculpture Festival donation by John Van Alstine.  Comments can be made from January 7 through January 20, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Recreation Center Gallery, 1605 Cameron St. The display consists of a photograph of the sculpture and a copy of the artists resume.  

The sculpture, Sacandaga Totem, is a rough cut granite obelisk with four heavy steel fins bolted at the base and welded to a steel plate.  The sculpture measures 113 inches high x 66 inches wide x 43 inches deep, and weighs 5,000 pounds.  Van Alstine, who lives in New York, has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and Japan. The Alexandria Sculpture Festival wishes to donate this sculpture to the City of Alexandria.

Comments may be recorded in a guest book located at the Durant Center; in writing to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, c/o Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314; or by e-mail at Upon receipt of public comments, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts will make a formal recommendation to City Council.

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