Lithosere

George Goddard
Lithosere, 2009
Steel
Permanent Sculpture
At 910 Broadway

Biography:
George Goddard was born in Griffin, Georgia and grew up on Sea Island, Georgia where he developed his love of landscape. He traveled extensively all over Europe at an early age absorbing the art and culture. George studied at Darlington Academy and Academia del Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Masters Degree in Printmaking. He worked as a college professor for over 30 years at Columbus State University, teaching sculpture and photography, and as an artist in residence in Cortona, Italy through the University of Georgia.
During his teaching career he also maintained a bronze foundry business producing various works and commissions. George was commissioned in 1999 by the Columbus Historic Foundation to create sculptures for Heritage Park. Then in 2006, George was commissioned by Bill Turner to create a sculpture about the history of how CB&T Bank and Trust was founded. The piece, A Simple Act of Kindness, was gifted to the bank to preserve the historical moment. Even after retiring from CSU, George con¬tinued to attend classes, create sculptures and help young people express themselves. He was a prolific artist who continued making and creating art that contributed to the landscape of Columbus. He believed that artists never retire and he lived his creed creating sculptures in: wood, stone, cast bronze and stainless steel. He never stopped creating, building and planning new projects.

Artist Statement:
Goddard’s sculptures reflect the aesthetics of modernism and the conventions of representational art. He abandoned depiction in favor of abstraction. Influ¬enced by nature and movement, Goddard sculptures emphasizes forms with an aspiration of space. His sculpture defines weightlessness similar to artists like Constantin Brâncusi and Isamu Noguchi.

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