Isaac Duncan III is scheduled to install his standard steel piece, Perched Raptor, at Rock City Gardens as a permanent fixture at the natural attraction on Friday.
“It is an honor for me to present the first permanent sculpture at Rock City,” said Mr. Duncan. “I specifically used reclaimed materials to treat the sculpture, coinciding with Rock City’s efforts of recycling and protecting the environment.”
“Rock City Gardens recently commissioned Isaac Duncan, a locally based and nationally known sculptor, to create and install this piece,” said Andrew Kean, president of See Rock City, Inc.
“We’re continually pursuing the fundamentals of reducing, reusing and recycling, but we also have a responsibility to cultivate the area’s local creative talent through partnerships, such as this one with Mr. Duncan. Rock City Gardens is the premier venue for displaying Chattanooga’s finest to the world!”
Isaac Duncan III, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native and Afro-Cuban descendant, received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, as well as certification of secondary art education from St. Mary's College. In 2001, he was awarded a Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship from the University of Kentucky where he completed his Masters of Fine Arts in art studio-sculpture in 2004.
Mr. Duncan has taught elementary/middle school art, as well as worked as an assistant to internationally renowned sculptor, John Henry. In 2008, Mr. Duncan opened his own studio, Duncan Sculpture and Services. He most recently received a Make Work art grant through CreateHere for career-advancement which he plans to use to buy equipment and expand his studio.