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"Dreamcatcher"

Chris Navarro Artist Statement

The sculpture shows the union of a dream catcher and a raven. It symbolizes protection, intelligence and the coexistence of other worlds. It expresses a balance between the intellectual and the spiritual realms of life. 
Dream catchers are associated with Native American spirituality. They represent the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of harmony with nature. 
The raven, known for its wisdom and transformative qualities, perched on the dream catcher is a guide and messenger in our journey of self­discovery and enlightenment. The combination of the raven and the dream catcher would add cultural and symbolic depth and create a unique and meaningful narrative for the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona community. 
The sculpture materials: The life-size raven is cast in bronze. The dream catcher would be made of steel and the 4' x 6' pedestal created of masonry and local flagstone rock. The rock would match the rock construction of the circle in the roundabout. 

Dream Catcher Bronze and steel sculpture H - 9' L - 8' W- 2' Pedestal H-4' L -6' W-

Chris Navarro Dream Catcher Photo.jpg

National award-winning artist Chris Navarro is owner of Navarro Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Tlaquepaque Sedona, AZ since 10/1/2000, and lives in the Village of Oak Creek, AZ. Navarro has been sculpting professionally since 1986 and is best known for his large public sculptures. His work is included in 12 museum collections and over 36 monumental bronze sculptures placed throughout the country. Monumental sculptures include Champion Lane Frost a 15' bull rider at Cheyenne, WY, a 16-foot-tall bronze of the famous bucking horse Steamboat for the University of Wyoming, and The Messenger for the historical Alamo Mission in San Antonio, TX. He authored four books, CHASING THE WIND, EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE, DARE TO DREAM BIG and the ART OF RODEO. He was selected as the Honorary Artist for the 2015 Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, WY and received the 2015 Wyoming Governor's Art Award, and in 2018 the Distinguished Alumni Award from Casper College. In 2021 he received the Legacy Award and induction into the Bull Riding Hall of Fame. In 2022 he was inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame Fort Worth, TX.

"The creation of monuments is extremely time consuming and labor intensive, creating a clay model, then casting it in bronze through the lost wax method. Sculpting is what I do for a living, but I do not ever plan on retiring. I have found something I really love to do and hope others can see that through the works I have created".

 

"I take pride in doing my best work and keeping my word. I have worked with numerous committees, foundations and schools in the past. I have a 100% completion rate in bringing all past projects in on time and budget. I have a dozen references to verify this information".

Bronze metal is a strong, durable and permanent medium that will last for centuries. All artists want to live on through their work. "Knowing my work will be standing in the sun long after I'm gone for future generations to experience and enjoy is extremely rewarding. That is why I give one hundred percent of my talent and ability to all my work". – Chris Navarro

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