ARTIST: Petre Petrov
LOCATION: Fields Grove park
Passage was created to follow the 2015 Nashua Sculpture Symposium theme: “Reflections on the River.” Inspiration came from the Native American references to the Nashua River, a beautiful river with a pebbled bottom.
I combined a granite boulder and weathering steel to emphasize that Native American name and the City’s place in the Industrial Revolution. The boulder represents the pebbles on the bottom of the river. The window frame with waves passing through represents the architecture during those Industrial times, and the waves represent the passage of water through the mill building, bringing the necessary power to run the mills. The weathering steel will represent the aged mills, as it develops a patina of red ochre once exposed to the elements.
Petre was born in Bulgaria in 1967. He attended the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, receiving his BA in Sculpture in 1996, his MA in Sculpture in 1998 and his PhD with a Doctor’s degree in Art History in 2007.
Petre is a member of the French Union of Sculptors and Plastic Artists, Paris, of the Bulgarian Artists’ Union-Affiliated to the International Association of Art IAA/UNESCO, and of the Kinetic Art Organization, Florida USA.
Petre’s exhibitions, symposiums and monumental works are and have been in the following places: China, Taiwan (R.O.C.), Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Korea, Spain, India, Turkey, UK, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Albania, Syria, Germany, France, Italy, Finland, Belgium, Portugal, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Norway, Kuwait, Australia, Japan, Argentina, Morocco, Mexico, Egypt, Canada, Iran, Brazil and Guatemala. “Passage” is his first sculpture in the USA.