January 21, 2014

3 Things You Need To Know: Foon Sham’s Vessel

We’ll be doing a series of posts throughout CSA: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art with three things to know about each artist in the show. First up, Foon Sham and his Chapel Oak Vessel.

3 Things:

1) The wood from Foon’s piece came from a white oak tree that recently died on University of Maryland’s College Park campus where Foon is a professor. It was loved by and cared for by Duke,  a campus groundskeeper there for nearly half a century – and dubbed “Duke’s Tree” in his honor. Find out more about Duke and this stately white oak in this video.

Duke and his tree
Duke and his Tree









2) It took nine very strong people to transport and install the 5000+ pound piece. They built it (quite heroically) in the pouring December rain! Check out the process of bringing it in.

In Foon's studio
In Foon’s studio
On the truck
On the truck
Wheel of time
Carting in the wheels
Round one
Round one























Foon Sham - artist, sculptor, teacher
Foon Sham – artist, sculptor, teacher

3) Foon had a studio at AAC for a number of years and exhibited here in 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997 and 2006. And we’re so honored to have him back for more! Meet Foon at the opening reception for CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art at AAC this weekend, Jan. 25 from 6 pm – 9 pm 



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