Jerry Clapsaddle

Image details: Section of Shoreline by Jerry Clapsaddle, stone pavers, 1996 Located along the southern, eastern and western perimeters of Enercare Centre as well as the north entrance of Beanfield Centre

Visitors walking along the south exterior of Enercare Centre will encounter Jerry Clapsaddle’s integrated artwork, Shoreline, the precast concrete paving design that extends the length of Enercare Centre along Princes’ Boulevard.  The artist saw his enormous “wave” as a metaphor for the lake shore and the flow of “trade” through the site, compressing and expanding dynamically.

In 1996 Jerry Clapsaddle was commissioned by Exhibition Place to create a body of public art for the newly built National Trade Centre (today known as the Enercare Centre).  When the National Trade Centre opened in 1997, visitors to the centre were welcomed by a wave patterned brick entrance leading to the steps of the building.

The art advisory committee for the National Trade Centre included an art mentoring program as part of this public art commission.  Jerry selected an apprentice artist from Dundas, Ontario named Brian Skol.  Skol, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, created a documentary video of the project, and composed a musical piece inspired by Clapsaddle’s wave pattern in the pavers.

Jerry Clapsaddle explains his concept for the site in his public art proposal from 1995: “The flow of trade on this lakeshore has a history and energy that can be celebrated and made evident on the ground plane surrounding and supporting Exhibition Place.  The work will express the dynamics of the history and activities of the site.  The forces of nature, the enterprise & innovations of man meet on this shoreline.”

Shoreline was a large multi-component artwork involving installations on the south and east sides of Enercare, the north section of Beanfield and a small section of Heritage Court entrance (west Enercare).  The piece consists of 135,000 individually laid paving stones at the building’s entrances, which form the public promenade adjacent to Princes’ Boulevard.

Excerpt taken from the NTC Public Art program pamphlet

Jerry Clapsaddle was born in Iowa in 1941.  He attended Drake University in Iowa and later went on to study Studio Art/Graphic Design at Indiana University (Bloomington).

Jerry Clapsaddle held the position of art professor at George Mason University in Virginia from 1982 – 2005. During his career at George Mason University, Clapsaddle worked to promote the public exhibition of student and faculty art. In 1987 he founded ArtsBus, a program of the Department of Art and Visual Technology (later the School of Art) in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University, which plans field trips for art students to galleries in New York, Philadelphia, and Richmond.  The ArtsBus program continues to be part of the Arts Program at the University today.

Jerry Clapsaddle has public works of art in all parts of North America including the states of Maryland and Virginia.   The retired artist currently resides in Florida.

Wave pattern on pavement, southeast entrance of Enercare Centre