2017 // resurgence: a statement of celebration by albert paley

Resurgence: A Statement of Celebration

by Albert Paley

Painted in polychrome, these two gateway sculptures compliment each other at the Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead bordering the Tennessee River.


Resurgence: A Statement of Celebration features two free-standing sculptures that visually interact to draw visitors to the Riverpark, and give Blue Goose Hollow its own identity and prominence in Chattanooga’s landscape. Planning for an artwork to mark the historically significant site began in 2016, thanks to generous private funding from the Benwood Foundation and the Lyndhurst Foundation.

About the Artist

Albert Paley is an American modernist metal sculptor. Initially starting out as a jeweler, Paley has become one of the most distinguished and influential metal-smiths in the world. His sculptures can be seen throughout Chattanooga, including the Hunter Museum of American Art, as well as internationally. Paley is the first metal sculptor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects. He currently lives and works in Rochester, New York with his wife, Frances.

About the Artwork

Resurgence: A Statement of Celebration is a material representation of Blue Goose Hollow’s industrial past with a symbolic and dynamic reach towards the future, creating an iconic presence on Chattanooga’s west side.

The smaller sculpture in the installation, which is 14 by 14 feet, is located at the east entrance to the Tennessee River Park, greeting visitors as they approach the Riverwalk from the parking area. The larger, monumental sculpture, which is 50 feet tall and 18 feet wide, is located along the Tennessee River, acting as a major landmark and drawing park visitors’ attention to the stunning panoramic views of the river and adjacent hills.

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