This Monumental Word, LOVE, painted in rainbow colors, reflects the philosophy of Equality Without Exception. The sculpture captures the free spirit of the 60’s and celebrates the Gay Rights Movement and love for all.
LOVE is about being free to love who you want, the way you want,” said artist Laura Kimpton.
“The bird stamps in the letters represent being able to follow your dreams, which is the message that I hope will inspire people as they interact with the piece.”
This monumental installation in many ways embodies this historic movement for human rights and equality while embracing the belief of how inclusion inspires innovation.
Laura Kimpton is the conceptual force behind the Monumental Word Series that began back in 2009 at the annual Burning Man art event in Nevada. Jeff Schomberg has collaborated with Laura in building and installing her revolutionary conceptual designs. LOVE is the third word of seven in a series that that includes DREAM, MOM, OINK, EGO, BELIEVE and BE. Viewers are encouraged to interact with each word on their own terms. These Monumental Word sculptures often evoke varied emotions and interpretations, and can mean different things to different people.
The City of Arlington, Texas recently purchased Kimpton’s DREAM which was installed at the Dream Park located near the Dallas Cowboy’s Football Stadium. The City of Reno, Nevada purchased BELIEVE as a tribute to the city’s revitalization, its “Renossaince”. Kimpton’s Monumental Words have been displayed at the Sundance Film Festival, the TED Conference, and the University of California Riverside. In 2015 LOVE was featured at the BottleRock Music Festival in Napa, California to great excitement and acclaim. Kimpton’s Monumental Word installations have been purchased by the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California as part of their permanent collection, and have been purchased for several prominent private collections across the country.
Articles on and images of the Monumental Word series have been featured in Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, the Press Democrat, Town and Country, SF Magazine and Inc, to name a few. Kimpton’s Words have been exhibited in Salt Lake City, Reno, Riverside, and San Francisco, as well as internationally in Puerto Rico and China. Her sculptures have been included in exhibitions at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Rosa Junior College Museum and galleries in New York and the Bay area.
Kimpton’s work consists of painting, mixed-media installations and sculpture. Her creativity stems from a desire to question traditional views on social interaction, invoking through her art a reaction and discussion from her viewers that ultimately complete her projects. Kimpton is always exploring new mediums in her search for invigorating means of communication. Kimpton lives in Fairfax, California.
Jeff Schomberg is a sculptor, installation artist and lead fabricator for Kimpton’s Monumental Word Series. Leveraging keen fire art skills, his unique style incorporates welded steel, stone and found objects. Schomberg has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Reno, and Black Rock City, and lives in Reno, Nevada.