Balancing at New Heights

Jonathan Pellitteri
Charlotte, NC

Steel, concrete
96″ x 48″ x 48″

Photos by Mary Anne Redding

Unfurling Rising by David Boyajian
Unfurling Rising by David Boyajian
Unfurling Rising by David Boyajian

Artist Comments

In times of heated community and national tensions, it is important to maintain discourse.  Balancing at New Heights is an allegory for two people seeking achievement while following different life paths.  The empty chairs are employed as a way for viewers to project themselves onto the work.  While their positioning facing each other is intended to emphasize a dialogue.

The work speaks to the struggles we have all faced in the past and today. Balancing at New Heights looks at personal relationships and a need to maintain connections. The sculpture should be viewed with an optimistic lens, when the world seems its bleakest (bare concrete and weathered steel), hopes, dreams, unity, and societal strength manifest in a friendship maintained through distance and a tested but unbroken arch.

About the Artist

Jonathan Pellitteri is an artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina.  His studio practice focuses on sculptural objects that combine an appreciation for craft with a curiosity for materials, and a desire to tell stories.  Pellitteri’s artwork has been shown in numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States and parts of Europe, and is included in many public, private, and corporate collections.

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