The new functional relief sculpture at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center has been completed.
Artists Stephen and Jessica Pigman undertook the project in June. It was commissioned by the Cultural Arts and Sciences Division and sponsored by AdventHealth.
The functional portion of the installation is for sound absorption. It will extend the ability of the facility to provide more music, theater and other performance opportunities and will serve as the alternative rain location for the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series.
The installation also addresses the sound tunnel that currently exists when bringing performances inside the building, mitigating the need for ear plugs. It will also be a benefit during recreational activities including basketball, Zumba and other fitness classes hosted in the facility.
The E.D. Croskey Recreation Complex is located at 1510 N.W. Fourth St. as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex and serves as a historical and cultural asset to the community. The sculpture pays tribute to the African American quilting tradition, utilizing textiles to create traditional geometric patterns reflective of this tradition with customized sound panels.
Stephen and Jessica Pigman are the husband and wife team that make up Pigman’s Music and Art Company. They are musicians, construct interactive museum exhibits, produce educational workshops, create theatrical productions and provide technical support for stage productions. They have a background in set design, scenic painting, costuming, custom prop fabrication, and lighting and sound design. They have previously worked with the City of Ocala designing exhibit components for the Discovery Center.