In late 2019, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts commissioned Nathan Walker to install a large metal sculpture on the front lawn of the Rochester Community Center. The sculpture, a nearly 8ft tall Katydid, made entirely of recycled metal, stands prominently near the main entrance of the Recreation Department.
“We recognize that art not only adds to the quality of life of the community but it spurs commerce,” said Michael Scala, City of Rochester. “Businesses benefit from a community investing in itself with Public Art – it signals to visitors they are welcome, encourages them to linger, to shop, dine, and live.”
“I’ve been an artist for pretty much as long as I can remember, working in animation, graphic design, children’s literature, and sculpture,” said Nathan Walker, artist. “To me, beautiful design speaks volumes. For over 15 years I have been creating public art to help the respective communities create a strong visual statement and to find their own unique voice.”
The project was sponsored by the Department of Economic Development, for the City of Rochester, and Rochester Main Street.