Elemental Sequence Brings Public Art to Hillsboro's AmberGlen Park
The City celebrates parks, recreation, art and culture with a grand unveiling event
Elemental Sequence, a monumental public art piece by renowned artist Dann Nardi, was officially unveiled at AmberGlen Park on August 15. The event included speeches, frozen treats and an original performance from members of New Vision Dance Company with choreography inspired by the piece.
The celebration continued with a free Showtime Concert, the first held in AmberGlen Park, by rock and roll dance band Precious Byrd.
“Our mission includes bringing art, music and special events to every part of Hillsboro,” said Dave Miletich, Director of Parks & Recreation. “Tonight, Hillsboro Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is doing that by providing wonderful programs in yet another corner of the city.”
Hillsboro mayor Steve Callaway spoke proudly of the creativity, imagination and community commitment that made the art installation possible. “We do remarkable things here in Hillsboro,” he said before officially unveiling Elemental Sequence.
Immediately after the ribbon cutting, members of New Vision Dance Company performed an original piece inspired by the work’s soaring vertical forms and curving horizontal benches. Choreographed by owners Heather Renk and Bradian Lien Meeuwsen, the dancers, aged 12 to 18, moved in, around and through the cast-concrete sculpture.
New Vision Dance Company is no stranger to community performances but this one was very special. Meeuwsen who moved the dance studio to the AmberGlen area 11 years ago, explains. “This location is perfect. It’s literally our backyard.” The close proximity allowed her and the dancers to meet the artist and watch the work rise over the seven-week construction period.
With the work completed, artist Dann Nardi wants everyone to interact with Elemental Sequence. “I’m hoping people will find things in this work that will give them some joy, some interest and spark some questions,” he said.