Scrap metal sculptures installed at Kennedy Plaza

TWO 6-FOOT LLAMAS and a man made of car bumpers are among the scrap art sculptures installed in Kennedy Plaza in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/ MARY MACDONALD
TWO 6-FOOT LLAMAS and a man made of car bumpers are among the scrap art sculptures installed in Kennedy Plaza in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/ MARY MACDONALD

PROVIDENCE – A cluster of scrap metal sculptures has joined the historical monuments at Kennedy Plaza, the latest installation of public art in Providence organized by The Avenue Concept.

The four sculptures include two 6-foot llamas made of scrap metal, and a 14-foot angel and a 7-foot man made of steel, originally car bumpers.

The sculptor is Peruko Ccopacatty, a Peruvian-born artist who has lived and worked in Rhode Island since 1981.

Ccopacatty has a studio in Kingston. He is originally from an Andean village on the banks of Lake Titicaca, according to a news release. His work often reflects his cultural roots.

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His significance as an artist prompted The Avenue Concept, a Providence-based nonprofit public arts organization, to advocate for the installation of his sculptures downtown.

Founder and artistic director Yarrow Thorne worked with the R.I. Public Transportation Authority to bring four of the sculptures to Kennedy Plaza. They are positioned at angles to each other on the north side of the plaza.

They were installed Sunday and will remain until May 4. By midday Tuesday, curious bus passengers were circulating around the sculptures, taking photos and video.

Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com.