Sculptor John Ross poses for a photo with one of his artistic creations.

Special to Iredell Free News

Two captivating sculptures created by talented sculptor John Ross have been installed in the City of Statesville.

Born and raised in the western North Carolina mountains, Ross has been crafting mesmerizing metal sculptures since his high school days in 2009. Over the years, he has explored and honed his artistic skills, leading to a unique artistic vision that now graces the streets of Statesville.

Ross’s art journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. With an indomitable creative spirit, he has seized opportunities to showcase his work through art-on-loan programs and permanent installations. For Ross, each sculpture begins as a vivid vision, a whisper of inspiration that materializes into reality through his masterful craftsmanship.

The Cosmic Twins Unveiled
SCAC member Lee Dellinger and sculptor John Ross with one of Ross’s creations at MacAnderson Park.

After meticulous deliberation, the City of Statesville Community Appearance Commission selected four extraordinary sculptures, including “The Cosmic Twins” by John Ross. These remarkable pieces are part of a series that delves into the composition of shapes and colors, evoking unique feelings and interpretations from each observer.

On Friday, July 22, the City of Statesville celebrated the installation of “Cosmic Eye” at 121 E Broad Street in Downtown Statesville. Another stunning addition to the city’s art scene is “Cosmic Dancer,” located in Mac Anderson Park. These sculptures radiate positive energy, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in an otherworldly experience of joy and wonder.

Artistry that Inspires Imagination

Through his art, Ross aims to transcend traditional notions and foster imaginative exploration. He consciously avoids creating pieces with immediate, recognizable themes, instead allowing his sculptures to provoke introspection and childlike imagination. Each observer will see and feel something different when gazing upon these works of art, making the experience personal and boundless.

“The sculptures are the visions. They come to me, and I bring them into reality,” Ross said.

His artist statement further delves into the captivating world of his creations, describing mystical visions and cosmic vibrations that weave together colors, fragmented shapes, and profound emotions. The process of crafting these sculptures becomes an electric dance of energy and passion, resulting in art that is as enigmatic as it is alluring.


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