Betty Gold, Venice, Calif. artist, has been commissioned to construct a 15 ft abstract sculpture of Corten steel titled “Homage to Fray Junipero Serra." The sculpture will be situated outside Es Balurad Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Palma, on the Island of Mallorca, Spain, that will be completed in 2004.
Junipero Serra, a Franciscan Friar, was born in Mallorca in 1713. He eventually came to California and was the driving force behind the building of 21 missions from Sonoma to San Diego that stand to this day. The renowned collection of Pedro Serra, the major publisher and broadcaster in the Balearic Islands, will be the hallmark of the museum.
Ms. Gold, who speaks fluent Spanish, has been a regular visitor to the island and has had previous commissions there. Maquettes of her work created in Mallorca will be exhibited at the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, Calif., in late fall. Earlier this year Ms. Gold completed another signature piece situated between the library and theater on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
Betty Gold, a professional sculptor for more than a quarter century, has works in more than 100 permanent installations and private collections throughout the world. All of her outdoor pieces are constructed from welded steel, and are painted with glossy enamel or left in their raw steel state to rust to a velvety patina. Her indoor pieces are created from bronze, welded steel or wood, and are painted or left in their natural state.
Ms. Gold’s prolific creative efforts include painting, drawing, silk screening, tapestry, and jewelry design, but sculpture remains her primary interest. She began her work in Texas in the 1960s, coming to Southern California in 1977. She opened her studio in Venice, Calif. in 1985.