In late 2019, the museum commissioned artist Nathan Walker to create a large metal sculpture made entirely of recycled metal. The sculpture, a nearly 8ft tall Katydid, now stands prominently near the main entrance of the Recreation Department.
According to Michael Scala, City of Rochester, “We recognize that art not only adds to the quality of life of the community but it spurs commerce. 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.”
Artist Nathan Walker has been creating public art for over 15 years and has worked in various mediums, including animation, graphic design, children’s literature, and sculpture. “To me, beautiful design speaks volumes,” said Walker. “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.