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Eos, Dessa Kirk

Dessa Kirk
Eos, 2006
Steel, fiberglass

Location: Fifth Street (between Brown & Lindsey)







Eos is the Greek goddess of the dawn. The sculpture faces west as if Eos is rising with the sun from the Eastern horizon.

At the age of one, Dessa Kirk and her mother moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Attending grammar school during the winters, she spent the summers with her grandfather who was a gold miner in the Talkeetna Mountains. Her grandfather taught her how to build and how to work with the earth using heavy machinery.

At 14, she left home and spent six months assisting Karen Stahlecker on a large-scale installation. At 17, she studied sculpture under the late Ken Gray at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Working under Stahlecker again in 1992, Dessa received her GED and completed a welding certification course at the University of Anchorage Vocational Department. That summer she accompanied Karen to Duren, Germany to assist with the installation of her creation for the International Biennial of Paper Art. For the next two months, she traveled throughout Europe and North Africa researching sculpture and in the fall was accepted to the BFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While going to school, she worked and studied with Dan Blue, a local custom metal art fabricator and returned to Europe to install Karen’s work in Aalst, Belgium and research sculpture in Lutz, Poland.

With a rented garage, an El Dorado Cadillac and a 500-piece tool set, Kirk created Black Lily for her BFA exhibition. After participating in the Pier Walk at Navy Pier (Chicago), Kirk has been invited to show her work across the country.