The Arts Commission Announces the Relocation of Major Ritual by Beverly Pepper

Posted Nov 9th, 2017  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Dedicated in 1979, Major Ritual was the first major work to be commissioned under Toledo’s One Percent for Art program. This large painted steel sculpture angles sharply upward as if it were forced up through the earth and is a celebration of the birth of Toledo’s One Percent for Art program.

Artist Beverly Pepper was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2013. Due to impending expansion of the Federal Courthouse the need has arisen to relocate Major Ritual. The sculpture is currently located next to the existing courthouse in Civic Center Mall.

A committee was established through the The Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places Committee to look at potential sites. It was agreed to relocate the sculpture to another City of Toledo owned location in Downtown. Through analysis of existing green space in Downtown, Boeschenstein Park was identified as a prime location for the sculpture. Located between Summit Street and the Owens Corning campus, the site is highly visible from many vantage points. This site compliments not only the surrounding landscape and architecture, but also the newly installed public art in Promenade Park as well as City Candy, the iconic sculpture by Pierre Clerk located at the Vistula Parking Garage. Also located in Boeschenstein Park is Swan Waves, a landscape installation by artist Athena Tacha.

1838 Parkwood Ave., Ste 120, Toledo, OH 43604

Ken Thompson and crew from Flatlanders Sculpture Supply completed foundation work on October 27th and the transport of the sculpture by Precision Installations is expected to take place on Monday, November 27th.
This project is funded by the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art Program. The One Percent for Art Program is administered by the Arts Commission through its Art in Public Places Committee.

The Arts Commission is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio,
founded in 1959, administering the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art Program since
1977. The Arts Commission is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

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