A miniature landscape sculpture by Ruth Stanford and Jane Foley Garver, installed on a lamp post at Tech Square in 2015.
Atlanta artists Jane Foley Garver and Ruth Stanford team up to present a mobile, interactive work designed to foster connection and discovery among the Georgia Tech community through imagination, play, exploration, and technology. Designed to decentralize, extend, and reinvent the gathering place marked by the Kessler Campanile to other parts of campus, Roving Campaniles consists of artist-driven, technology-equipped structures present at changing campus locations throughout the project duration. The Roving Campaniles, designed in collaboration with Georgia Tech student groups, allow technology-mediated communication with members of the campus community as well as content viewing and production.
Traditionally, campaniles house bells that ring to mark time or signify special events. The Roving Campaniles are modern reinvention using 21st century technology to showcase the wide range of tools and talent available at Georgia Tech from the mundane to the monumental, and to give equal value to the myriad alternate ways of exploring the world. Artist-facilitated workshops will serve as a starting point for a community-created “campus map” to be presented as an online platform housing ephemeral artifacts and showcasing the various interests, creations, obsessions, and distractions of members of the Georgia Tech community.
Jane Foley Garver is a sculptor, performer, and sound artist living and working in Atlanta. Her sound works explore isolation versus connectivity in public spaces, beginning with subtle, repeated experiments in trust and reciprocity. Garver uses sculpture and performance as frameworks for interaction, often engaging in kinetic movement and unscripted involvement, favoring communication and process over controlled outcomes.
Garver has created site-specific public sound sculptures for the Architecture Triennale in Lisbon, Portugal and La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, France with Zurich-based Sound Development City, as well as produced a sound composition for Saout Radio that played in taxicabs throughout the 5th Marrakech Biennale in Morrocco. In Atlanta, she has created public works for Flux Projects, the Atlanta Beltline, WonderRoot, and the Goat Farm, among others. She serves on the board of the performance presenting organization The Lucky Penny, and was recently awarded a studio residency at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Sculptor Ruth Stanford began her career studying butterfly courtship behavior and protecting cave-dwelling beetles and other invertebrates as an endangered species ecologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Central Texas. With a scientist’s curiosity and keen observation skills, she now specializes in installation and site-specific sculpture, choosing particular media in service to concept. Stanford’s work draws on personal reflection to create broader metaphors relevant to the world at large. Much of her work explores history and notions of presence/absence, permanence/impermanence, fiction/reality, and conscious/unconscious. Often it relies on the language, ideas, and tools of science. She previously exhibited "Deliberation" at Georgia Tech, an installation centered on the Michael Brown/Ferguson case.
An associate professor of sculpture at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Stanford received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the Georgia State faculty in 2005, she served as an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh’s Chatham College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. Her recent work has appeared in the inaugural exhibition at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University; Agnes Scott College; and Saratoga Art Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.