Thursday, October 3, 2013

Karl Stirner Sculpture to Be Dedicated on Trail Named After Him

By Christina Georgiou

The Karl Stirner Arts Trail is about to get a little more art this weekend, as the Friends of the Karl Stirner Arts Trail host a dedication and celebration of the installation of a signature sculpture by the artist for who the trail is named.

The free event will take place near the Blue Bridge on Bushkill Drive along the trail from 2 to 4 p.m., this Sunday, October 6 and will include music by the Lafayette College CaPA Fellows, appetizers, and a cash bar. Members of the public are invited to attend.

The new work, mounted on two pedestals on either side of the walking trail just north of the Blue Bridge, has been rendered by Stirner in painted red iron and forms an archway over the pathway.

Karl Stirner talks about his new sculpture, seen left, in his Ferry Street
studio. The piece will be dedicated at a celebration this Sunday
along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.
Stirner, chatting during an impromptu visit to his Ferry Street studio about two weeks ago, was characteristically nonchalant about the as-yet untitled piece, on which he was working on the finishing touches at the time.

"I've been flipping around on a name," he said.

Despite the recognition the new sculpture has received, the internationally-exhibited artist is modest about his work.

"It's really not a big deal," Stirner said. "It's just another piece of iron."

But, as a signature piece along the trail named for him, the new sculpture is likely to be a landmark along the popular walking path through the city for decades to come.

Free parking and shuttle service to and from the Stirner sculpture dedication event will be available from 1:30  to 4:30 p.m. at the following two locations:

  • The public parking lot at 524 Bushkill Drive (look for large “Karl Stirner Arts Trail” sign)
  • The parking lot behind the old Hummel Lumber building at 901 Bushkill Drive

Free parking is also available at the Karl Stirner Arts Trail parking lot at 549 North 13th St., but shuttle service won't be available from this location. If parking here, be prepared to walk about one mile along the trail both to and from the dedication.

Click here for a map of the event location, along with the free parking areas mentioned above.

While not entirely necessary, RSVPs from those planning to attend the sculpture dedication are appreciated, the Friends of KSAT says. To RSVP, email

"Easton Ellipse" by the late Patricia Meyerowitz, will be
moved to the Karl Stirner Arts Trail, near the 13th Street
entrance to the walking path, following its restoration.
Contributed photo
Another sculpture is also being added to the Karl Stirner Arts Trail's outdoor exhibit collection too, near the 13th Street end of the walking path, Friends of the KSAT have also announced.

"Easton Ellipse", by the late Patricia Meyerowitz, will be moved to the location following its restoration, and the base has already been installed. The art work was previously located just north of the Route 22 toll bridge along the Delaware River in Easton.

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