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YALE HUMANIST COMMUNITY SELECTS GREATER NEW HAVEN ARTIST EDWIN ‘TED’ SALMON FOR GREEN LIGHT PROJECT
Artist Edwin “Ted” Salmon has been selected by a committee of seven panelists to participate in the Yale Humanist Community’s Green Light Project in New Haven, Connecticut. Salmon’s work was chosen from a highly competitive lineup of artist submissions for the Green Light Project, an initiative working to create a nonreligious art installation that symbolizes the importance of community and the hope and beauty of the human spirit, to accompany the religious symbols that go up on the New Haven Green each winter.
Salmon’s concept of an obelisk, reminiscent of a lighthouse and adorned with silhouette images representing various facets of community, will stand 15 feet high and be visible from all sides of the Green. Once completed, this interactive, light-emanating sculpture will also house a time capsule filled with words of wisdom and well wishes for humanity from perhaps thousands of members of the Greater New Haven community, connecting community across time. The time capsule will be opened in the year 2138 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the founding of New Haven, CT.
Born in New York City and raised in the Midwest, Salmon has showcased his work continuously for over 25 years. As the son of a skilled painter and an architect, he took up sculpture, educating himself in the fine arts and metal fabrication. Eventually, he opened up EWS3D LLC, a high end architectural metal fabrication company.
Among Salmon’s most notable achievements are being commissioned to make a large outdoor sculpture for Marriott’s Fairfield Residence Inn in Downtown Brooklyn and having a piece in Ellison Center for the Arts’ permanent collection in Duxbury, Massachusetts. To date, EWS3D has completed fabrication work for clients such as Yale, Quinnipiac University, Starbucks and Subway. He’s also done architectural work for clients such as AvroKo, Joeb Moore and Sidnam Petrone.
Since coming to Connecticut, Salmon has spent time teaching sculpture at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven and has served as the Director of the Sculpture Program at Bucks Rock Art Camp in New Milford, CT.
“I’m really excited to get to work refining the design and fabricating the sculpture for the Green Light Project. The Yale Humanist community was very receptive to my ideas, and there was a real marriage of our vision and the symbolic expression,” said Salmon. “With their input, I will be able to capture the importance of the strength and comfort that we all draw from community and togetherness. I’m thrilled that I can contribute something to the city that will become part of its seasonal celebration of unity.”
“After receiving many inspiring responses to our call for artist proposals, our committee faced a difficult decision. But we were excited to select Salmon’s Lighthouse because his concept perfectly represents our vision for an inclusive nonreligious work of art that will represent our ability as human beings to come together during the coldest and darkest season of the year to create light and build community,” said Chris Stedman, Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community. “We look forward to working with Ted on creating a timeless work of art that will stand alongside the religious symbols that go up on the New Haven Green each winter, reminding us all of our shared humanity and inspiring people for decades to come.”
“Ted is the perfect partner for this project,” said Nancy Kelly, Director of Operations of the Yale Humanist Community. “He resides in East Haven, where he also serves on the Arts Commission, and is dedicated to making this project something for everyone in the Greater New Haven area. He is genuinely open to the committee’s thoughts and fully committed to every aspect of this year-long project.”
The Yale Humanist Community announced Salmon’s selection on Sunday, March 6th at Humanist Haven, the semi-monthly nonreligious community gathering that they host at The Grove, 760 Chapel Street in New Haven, CT, on the first and third Sunday of each month.
The Green Light Project’s crowdfunding campaign launch celebration will be held on April 6th at 7:30pm at the Happiness Lab at The Grove as a part of Yale Humanist Community’s third annual Yale and New Haven Humanism Week, which runs from April 2nd until April 9th. The launch celebration and week-long events are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
The Yale Humanist Community is hosting a year of events to engage the community in the Green Light Project, including an upcoming artist talk and workshops at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Further details about the Green Light Project can be found at www.glpnh.com. For more information about the Yale Humanist Community and Yale and New Haven Humanism Week, visit www.yalehumanists.com.
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