Originally from Illinois, Rench is a self-taught industrial engineer and designer. He creates large scale abstract metal sculpture for both public and private collections.
He recently completed a skate park installation jointly commissioned by Seattle Parks and Recreation and Red Bull. The Seattle park, he said, “explores the intersection of art, athleticism and imagination.” In addition to his Hood River projects and Seattle’s skate park, Rench has created 32 public works in 19 different states.
Rench’s concept for “Constellations” was to create a three-dimensional image of the abstract forms in his imagination when looking at stars. He wondered how it would look to turn them into tangible forms, and hopes viewers will use their own imaginations when stopping to gaze at his celestial forms.
Daley writes, “‘Cosmos: Starry, Starry Night’ is the sixth piece in my Aurora series and alludes not only to the aurora borealis’ curtain of light, but also to the formation of a spiral galaxy.”
She continues, “The Plexiglas rods play with the idea of musical scales and chimes, and catch light when illuminated by the sun or artificial lighting. The work also references water, icicles, and even stalactites.”
“Cosmos: Starry, Starry Night” was made possible by a group of supportive local families. View this sculpture on Second Street across from city hall.
A total of 28 Big Art pieces will be on display throughout the city of Hood River until 2021. Bilingual maps are being published, and will be available for free. The entire Big Art project is made possible through the generosity of local businesses, private donors, Hood River public agencies and foundations.