Up until today, a large, two-piece sculpture sat on the Diamond Head end of the front lawn of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The museum purchased the Jack Zajac bronze—”Ram’s Skull and Horn”—in 1976. Where’d it go?
Theresa Papanikolas, Curator of European and American art, has the scoop:
Jack is a sculptor based in Santa Cruz, California. A couple of years ago, when Michael [Rooks] was still the curator, he visited Honolulu. While he was here, he noticed that the wooden base supporting his piece was rotting away, and so he offered to donate the materials for a new base and ship them at his own expense. Currently, two slabs of black marble from Singapore are sitting in a storage facility in Oakland, California, awaiting shipment to Honolulu. When they arrive, a concrete frame will be built for the slabs, and the piece will be reinstalled on its beautiful new base, probably back on the lawn, but possibly in one of the courtyards.
As we were making plans to receive the marble and construct the new base, it became clear on close inspection that the base had deteriorated past the point of being able to support the piece safely, so we decided to remove “Ram’s Skull and Horns” and store it until its new base is completed. Courtney (Brebbia, European and American Collections Manager), Cynthia (Low, Associate Registrar), Larry Maruya (Installation Designer), Bruce (Lupule, Installation), Marc (Thomas, Head Preparator), Dararu (Nakane, Installation), Paul (Caleb, Installation) and Spence (Donre, Installation) spent the better part of this morning removing the piece, and discovered that a multigenerational ecosystem of ants, cockroaches, termites, geckos had taken up residence in the fertile area beneath it!
Photos by Courtney Brebbia.