“Lunar Trap” is a steel sculpture painted with oil enamel and 24kt gold leaf. The sculpture stands ten feet high and weighs 175 pounds. The piece is part of the “Lunar Blooms” series, and displays a brutal, fused, and corroded natural chaos that brings forth brutalist forms. In the words of the artist, “Earth takes back the sculpture.” The viewer is reminded of a Venus flytrap or something you would find on the surface of the moon.
James Bearden is an abstract artist, creating sculpture full time since 2007. His studio is located in Des Moines, Iowa. His work is based on the figure. He works in series named Cathedral, Assemblage, Voids and Lunar Blooms.
Bearden was born in the Southern region of the United States and raised in the Midwest. He earned a BA in Fine Art and a BA in Visual Communications from Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa. Upon graduation, he worked in graphic design for twenty years, seventeen of those as an Art Director for which he received 52 Addy Awards. In 2012, he began creating public work. His work is held in many corporate, municipal and prominent private collections.
"Lunar Trap" is part of a rotating exhibition of sculptures and is eligible for the 2017 - 2018 People's Choice Award. The piece can be purchased for personal acquisition or as a gift to the City for $6,000.