Shahla Rahimi Reynolds Public Artworks

                       

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This piece is titled "They Gave the Last Full Measure of Devotion" and it is dedicated to the firefighters of Oklahoma City Fire Department. This project will be completed in spring of 2017. For more details go to:   http://sonarta.com/pages/oklahoma-city-fire-department-project

 

This bronze piece, 21" is dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of Oklahoma National Guard, who lost their lives during the  Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. This bronze sculpture was created in 2014.

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On May 26th 2002 the I-40 Bridge was hit by a barge in Oklahoma. 14 people lost their lives, including a 3-year-old child. During the project Shahla worked with the following agencies:: The City of Webbers Fall, The Oklahoma Department of Transportation, The Federal Emergency Management Agency , Army Core of Engineers, Cherokee Nation, 2 Civil Engineering Firms, Landscape Architecture, Steel Fabrication Company, 2 Foundries and a Construction Company. . A 14 sided black granite pedestal was engraved with the names of the victims, The artist used the actual bridge girders and reshaped them to create the broken bridge. This piece holds the 56” bronze sculpture, which is only connected by its toes to the girder. This symbolizes the moment that life ended, and eternity began. The white dove brings hope and peace to the families and the survivors including 5 white columns represent the 5 survivors. The mmorial was dedicated by the Governor Brad Henry on the one year anniversary.

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This project honors the Living and Fallen Firefighters of Oklahoma. The steel structure holds two 9 feet tall bronze sculptures The granite walls are engraved with the names of 15,000 firefighters, who have served their fire departments throughout the state. Shahla worked with the overseeing committee consisting of: The Oklahoma State Firefighters Association Board of Directors, The Arts Council of Oklahoma Director, an architectural firm, a structural engineering firm, 3 steel fabrication companies, landscape designers and an electrical engineering firm. The artist enlarged the sculptures from an 18-inch model to a 9-foot tall herself and directed the casting and installation of the work. The construction of this memorial started in September 1999, and on June 2000 Governor Frank Keating dedicated the memorial.

The 9 feet tall stainless steel sculpture “Eternal Flame” reflects hope and it is placed above the "Wall of Valor” at the Oklahoma State Living and Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The wall is engraved with the names of Fallen Firefighters from the State of Oklahoma.

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These two Copper and Steel Sculpture are in private collection. The two birds are celebrating the arrival of spring with a joyful dance. The two sculptures were selected to be on exhibit at "2015-2016 Art on Parade" in Northglenn, Colorado. 

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These concrete and steel sculptures were placed at Arbuckle Wilderness Park in Arbuckle Oklahoma. 

These concrete and steel sculptures were placed at School of the Plains in Edmond , Oklahoma.

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OTHER SCULPTURES

This is a bronze piece with a blue patina. (6"H X 14" W X 4" D)

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This piece a combination of Colorado and Oklahoma Alabaster. (10"H X 18" W X 8" D)

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This is a life size bust and it is carved from Oklahoma Alabaster. 

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This is a Colorado alabaster. (21" H X 8" W X 8"D)

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This is a Utha Alabaster. (19" H X 12" W X 4" D)

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This is a Colorado Alabaster. This piece was selected at the North American Sculpture exhibition in Golden Colorado. (8" H X 15" W X 6" D)

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This a pink alabaster from Colorado. (9" H X 19" W X 13" D)

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This is a Colorado Marble. (12" H X 21" W X 10" D)

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This is a solid clay piece with a bronze patina. (16" H X 8" W X 8" D)

 

Shahla combines her early Mid-Eastern upbringing with her Western knowledge to create a dynamic fusion of sculpture forms. Her sculptures emphasize fluid grace with free flowing and on occasions abstract yet true to form. Her stylistic tools include the hues and luminosity of the medium itself, whether it is alabaster, marble, clay or bronze.

Shehla's portfolio includes several major public arts.

In 2000 the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association commissioned her to create a memorial dedicated to the Fallen and Living Firefighters of Oklahoma titled: "Just Another Day".

In 2003, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation awarded her the I-40 Bridge Memorial titled: "Going Home". This memorial honors the lives of 14 victims and 5 survivors of the I-40 Bridge collapse tragedy.

Her latest public art project "They Gave Their Full Measure of Devotion" was dedicated on October 13, 2017. This 6 feet, 2 inches (life size) bronze sculpture represents men and women of the Oklahoma City Fire Department and it also honors the firefighters lost in line of duty.

The INSPIRATION

The artworks are direct result of Shahla’s life experience and her constant search for a new way to remain hopeful among midst of chaos and turmoil. Her bright and bold color paintings remind us of rainbows that appear after the rain. While the subtle curve lines of her sculptures bring a sense of calm and thoughtfulness. Her artworks embody a serene and peaceful state of mind.

EDUCATION
Master of Arts, Oklahoma City University Bachelor of Arts
University of Central Oklahoma
OTHER ARTWORKS :

"Primal Chaos I and II", Oklahoma City University Permanent Collection, Okla City, OK, 2016
Dance Company", Oklahoma City University Permanent Collection, Oklahoma City, OK, 2016
Rainbow", Oklahoma State University Art Museum Permanent Collection, Stillwater, OK, 2014
“Bust of Rev. Dick Allen”, First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, Okla. City, Ok, 2009
“Purple Hibiscus”, Oklahoma City University Permanent Collection, Oklahoma City, Ok, 2008
Bust of Chief Justice Joseph Watt”, Oklahoma City, OK, 2003
“Tree of Knowledge”, First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, OK, 2005
“Underground Science”, Justice Alma Wilson Seeworth Academy. Edmond, OK, 2001
“Eternal Flame", Oklahoma State Firefighters Memorial, Oklahoma City, OK, 2000
“Under the Ocean”, Justice Alma Wilson Seeworth Academy. , Edmond, OK, 2000
“Tortoise family”, Justice Alma Wilson Seeworth Academy. Edmond, OK, 2000
“Oklahoma City Fire Firefighters Memorial, Oklahoma City, OK, 1997
“Hands of Time”, Justice Alma Wilson Seeworth Academy. Edmond, OK, 1997
“Tortoise Family”, Arbuckle Wilderness, Arbuckle, OK, 1997
EXHIBITIONS

Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA 2021
30 x 30 Public Art Show, Palm Springs Museum of Arts, 2019
Individual Artist of Oklahoma, Okla. City, OK, 2007
ndividual Artist of Oklahoma, Okla. City, OK, 2007
Festival of the Arts, Okla. City, OK, 1995-1997, 2003
Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, Colorado, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002
Dodson Art Gallery, Okla. City, OK, 2002
Art in Miniature, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK, 2000-2001
Pickard Art Gallery, Okla. City, OK, 1994-2001
Oklahoma Sculpture Society Exhibition, Okla. City, OK, 1998-1999
Oklahoma Centerfold, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK, 1997
Art Foundation, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1997
Herr Chambliss Art Gallery, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1996
Norick Art Center, Oklahoma City University, Okla. City, OK, 1994
Kirkpatrick Museum, Okla. City, OK, 1994
Central Museum of Art, University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK, 1994
North American Sculpture Exhibition, Golden, Colorado, 1992
Eureka Springs Sculpture Show, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 1992
One in a Hundred, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, 1990