Richard Monteleone of Vineland, senior adjunct instructor at Atlantic Cape Community College and artist, had one of his expansive, aluminum, floating sculptures, “Light,” installed at Atlantic Cape’s new STEM facility, Monday, March 7. The installation took approximately seven hours, and the piece was inspired by the STEM space itself, and light, according to Monteleone.
Lisa Romano of Egg Harbor City, art center associate of Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, co-created the sculpture. Atlantic Cape facilities workers Jack Taggart, Lewis Miller and Matt Bennett installed the piece. Monteleone’s first floating sculpture installation took place at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, where Romano assisted him.
When asked what this installation meant to him, Monteleone said, “For me it means radical change–students, instructors and local artists involved with creating art to be on campus for its longevity. I believe this creative and innovative action is essential for the health and development of our core college community evolving into the future.”
The influence for his current series of aluminum floating sculptures is the works of Christopher Wilmarth and John Safer.
The STEM building opened in January 2015 and features five science labs, two computer labs, office space and a partially vegetated roof with walkways that are used for telescope viewing by the college’s astronomy classes. The building is home to the air traffic control and aviation studies degree programs and the Technology Studies Institute.