Master visual artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes delivers symbolic spiral steel sculpture to Jamaica…

Hummingbird Wedding Dance Stainless Steel, Lucite, Aluminum, Solar LED Lights, Concrete 12x4x4′
Kingston Port Authority Site Installation

Humming Birds Stainless Steel, Lucite, Aluminum, LED Solar Lights, Concrete 12x4x4′
Kingston Downtown Port Authority

LED solar lights
Bernardhoyes.com

July 2021 PRESS RELEASE Contact: Makeda Smith Phone/Text: 323-380-8819 Email: [email protected] master visual artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes Provides a symbolic spiral steel sculpture In Jamaica during the pandemic Palm Desert, CA – When master visual artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes was first appointed to create an exterior stainless steel sculpture for the Kingston Restoration Walking Museum project in Jamaica, it was before Covid. The project, sponsored by the Kingston Restoration Company and the Duke Street Refurbishing Project and funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund, was a heartfelt mission for Hoyes, a Jamaican native and longtime California resident. The manifestation and creation of the 400-pound ‘Mating Dance of Hummingbirds’, now held on historic Duke Street in downtown Kingston, is a tremendous testament to the perseverance, resilience and magnetic power of creativity. Palm Desert, CA – When master visual artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes was first appointed to create an exterior stainless steel sculpture for the Kingston Restoration Walking Museum project in Jamaica, it was before Covid. The project, sponsored by the Kingston Restoration Company and the Duke Street Refurbishing Project and funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund, was a heartfelt mission for Hoyes, a Jamaican native and longtime California resident. The manifestation and creation of the 400-pound ‘Mating Dance of Hummingbirds’, now held on historic Duke Street in downtown Kingston, is a tremendous testament to the perseverance, resilience and magnetic power of creativity. Hoyes withstood the isolation of quarantine, the scarcity of the pandemic and even his own battle with Covid to rise majestically victorious, much like the hummingbirds, Jamaica’s national birds, atop his monument. Hoyes, best known for his vibrant and vivid renditions of oils on canvas, is no stranger to sculpture. His six-foot “Roots of Pegasus” bronze figure for a private collector and his eight-foot, three-ton granite sculpture of a bluefin tuna, made in the city of Fuzhou in China’s Fujian province, cemented the ability of the artist to encapsulate life-force in a variety of mediums. “Mating Dance of Hummingbirds” maintains its legacy, with two glorious chrome steel bodies and winged hummingbirds resting on a twisting spiral helix intertwined around a common axis. The helical structure, like the shape of our DNA, is a symbol of eternity and life, and the foundation of sacred geometry, coded with evolution, infinite growth and longevity. Stabilized lucite rods in the fenders also enclose solar LED lighting providing enhanced reflective color characteristics that add vibrancy to its design. “I sequester myself by creating all the time. For me, it’s a confrontation with the chosen medium and the discipline with which I work. But there is a stark difference between self-imposed isolation and a forced quarantine. Isolation generally provides me with a safe haven, whereas the lockdown during Covid has created a weird vibe of inaccessibility,” says Hoyes. “All of the crafting experience, including me suffering from Covid, and personally packing and delivering the work, served to intensify the intentions instilled in this piece of art. A multidimensional metaphor evolved for me. “Out Of Many, One People”, is Jamaica’s national motto. “The Hummingbird Wedding Dance” is about the ever-evolving procreation of all species, reminding us that we all share common DNA and are all connected together,” Hoyes shares. “The Duke Street Refurbishing Project/Kingston Restoration Company Limited is pleased to have commissioned the ‘Mating Dance of the Hummingbirds’ sculpture created by artist Bernard Hoyes. The hummingbird is a symbol of our country’s unique biodiversity. The majestic helix structure reflects the resilience and strength of our people in the face of adversity,” notes Dr. Blossom O’Meally-Nelson CD WGE, Project Manager of the Duke Street Renewal Project. “This work of art reminds us of our interdependence as a nation and the importance of understanding and preserving our history, culture and identity. This landmark structure will serve as a symbol of the importance of continued collaboration between stakeholders and partners in the redevelopment of Kingston and the creation of the Duke Street legal and financial district,” adds Dayton Wood, Project Coordinator, Kingston Restoration Company Limited. Hoyes’ exhibition history spans over 50 years with more than 100 exhibitions, including 30 solo exhibitions, in various countries including his native Jamaica, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. Some of Hoyes’ past exhibitions include “Places and Validation, Art & Progression, The Getty Initiative Pacific Standard Time” in 2010; the “Art in LA 1945-1980” at the CAAM in 2011; a feature in “LA Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980,” published by the Getty Foundation, and a multidisciplinary production “Se7en Paintings, a Story in Performance” that brought seven of Hoyes’ iconic paintings from his Revival series to life on the Ford Stage in Los Angeles in 2012. More recent exhibitions include “Evolving Abstraction, 3 Contemporary Artists of the African Diaspora” at the Palm Springs Art Museum in February 2015 and “The Spirit of the Land through Climate Change” at San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA from November 2019 to March 2020. “The Courtship Dance of Hummingbirds” continues to soar the ever-evolving passion and visions of Bernard Stanley Hoyes. Whether sculpting or painting, as a multidisciplinary artist, Hoyes’ work is imbued with a spirituality that nurtures the soul. Visit his online gallery at www.BernardHoyes.com and sit with the hummingbirds, whenever you travel to Kingston, Jamaica!

Briana R. Cross