Meet the Artist!

We are delighted to present artist Suikang Zhao who works in large-scale sculptural installations of flowing metal. Suikang’s design for our George Street Overpass bridge came about after visiting our community and trying to understand how he could add more color and meaning to what is essentially a blank concrete highway overpass. Suikang expresses, “95 is very inhuman. So, I try to figure out how to soften it up …make a little humanity in it.” The process for selecting Suikang involved a national “Call for Art” followed by a round of design concepts from 3 finalist artists. In November 2015 the Artist Selection Committee, a group comprised of local artists and arts administrators, selected Suikang’s flowing metal design for the bridge. Watch this video of Suikang’s June 2015 visit to get a sense of Pawtucket through the eyes of an artist experiencing the city for the very first time.

We thank our visit collaborators who helped introduce Suikang to the City!
Tony Estrella, Gamm Theatre Artist Director
Lori Urso, Slater Mill Executive Director
Chris Kane & students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing & Visual Arts
Aaron Hertzberg, The Pawtucket Foundation past Executive Director
Barbara Zdravesky, Woodlawn Neighborhood Association & The Preservation Society of Pawtucket
Morris Nathanson, Artist/Designer

Artist Bio- Suikang Zhao

Suikang lives in New York and works across the media of sculpture, painting and writing focusing on the existing reality of different cultures to create harmony and dissonance in a shared space. Zhao received his BA at Shanghai Teachers’ College, China and an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is an Assistant Professor in the Fine Arts Department at FIT and a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner award and a fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts.  |