Tall Grasses

Gillian Christy
85 x 57 x 9 in.
Stainless Steel

Gillian Christy creates sculpture based on the familiar objects that we encounter in everyday life. She uses the term, “Connectors,” to describe her work, a theme that explores elements of homelife and everyday surroundings. This stainless-steel sculpture called Tall Grasses demonstrates the artist’s ability to create elegant, natural forms. Christy uses expertly welded sheet metal that she further manipulates into organic, approachable works of art.

An award-winning sculptor, Christy has created monumental public artworks. One such work is Embrace, The Smokestack Project in Providence, Rhode Island. Christy added a bronze grid to the top and wrapped the entire smokestack with stainless steel vines. In 2008, Embrace, The Smokestack Project earned the distinction of America’s Best Reviewed Public Art from the Americans for the Arts organization. Christy has been awarded public art grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, The Rhode Island Foundation, and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. She has also enjoyed commercial success, creating artwork for the NFL on CBS, The Apprentice, Gravity Games, and for the W Hotel in Boston.

Born in Iowa in 1979, Christy earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002 from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. In 2003, she relocated to Providence, Rhode Island and later to Boston, Massachusetts. Moving from the Mid-West to New England was an experience that continues to inspire her work.

Tall Grasses, photo by John Polak