New York artist adds 3-D flair to Stamford library kiosk
STAMFORD — The kiosk outside the Ferguson Library pops out — literally.
The Broad Street kiosk, used for displaying public notices, already stood out with its brightly painted design featuring books and insects. But on Friday, the kiosk began to stand out a little more as Charles Fazzino, the New Rochelle, N.Y.-based artist who painted the kiosk design, arrived with his team including daughter, Heather, to install finishing touches on the art: three-dimensional butterflies.
Fazzino, who also has 13 pieces on display in the American Airlines terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, said 3-D components, especially butterflies, are a signature of his work.
“It’s a way with my artwork to decorate the sky,” Charles Fazzino said. “The basic focus is flat, so by adding the three-dimensional point, people know it’s my artwork.”
Over the course of about an hour, Fazzino and his team glued several dozen hand-painted butterflies over the kiosk. Made of paper and painted with acrylic paint and weatherproof coating, some lay flush against the wooden kiosk surface while others opened their wings as if about to take flight.
Fazzino said the kiosk has been in the works for several months now. He previously painted on the kiosk design which features a pyramid design on a backdrop of book spines resembling the shelves one would find in the library. Inside the pyramid design are piles of popular books such as “The Great Gatsby” and “The Bell Jar” with ants, dragonflies, ladybugs, ants, butterflies bees and spiders crawling over them. The design was previously featured in last year’s summer art series.
The Stamford Downtown Special Services District raised the funds for Fazzino’s work. According to the DSSD, they’ve been working with Fazzino for about five years after Cheryl Vukelic, senior manager of operations, connected with Fazzino. His work can be seen on a kiosk in front of Capriccio Cafe on Bedford Street, a signal box in Columbus Park and in the form of a horse sculpture in front of Sacred Heart University’s Stamford campus. Many of his local works feature the Stamford skyline.
“He is so beyond talented and interesting,” said DSSD President Sandy Goldstein. “We’re blessed.”
Goldstein added featuring artwork like this on the mundane, like kiosks, is part of the mission of SDSSD.
“We have done that with every thing,” she said. “Every single electrical box downtown is painted by an artist, It was of our philosophies to have street art for people to enjoy. It’s really extraordinary. Art creates a sense of place. That’s what we have here. It creates an environment people want to come to. We’re very committed to art.”
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