It may not look like much from the outside, but they say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.
Inside an old building near the University of Arkansas campus you’ll find the work of sculptor Hank Kaminsky.
As a young man, Kaminsky considered a career in engineering. Thankfully, he changed his mind and molded a new path with clay.
“I start most of the forms I work with in clay,” he said. “I build an image by that method, and by using molding techniques I build the form.”
At Kaminsky’s workshop are examples of his work spanning 50 years of God given talent. He says he is trying to sculpt a better understanding of life and the community he serves.
You can see Kaminsky’s finest work for free. It’s the large sphere located right in front of the Fayetteville Town Center.
“I spent almost a year and a half working on a single piece of sculpture called the ‘World Peace Square Fountain,'” he said. “It’s theme is may peace prevail on earth. I found translations of that prayer in over 100 different languages. I made a sphere from all those languages sculpted on that sculpture.”
One letter or email a day lets Kaminsky know the World Peace Fountain is his most important work to date.
Kaminski has also been commissioned to do projects for the University of Arkansas, and he is also quite proud of his bust of WalMart founder Sam Walton.
“When I first starting making statues, the concept that drove me was just exactly what does God look like? I knew I couldn’t answer that question positively, but I could go on the quest.”
Thank goodness he did.
His latest effort is called the Sacred Ground Project. It’s art designed to be seen displayed in an institutional setting or even in a home garden.
For a look at his work, check out his website here.