DiTarando Sculpture



Part of being a successful artist involves the ability to step outside the realm of personal ideas and expand on another’s objective. Roger DiTarando does not just create art for himself – he shares it with everyone around him. As a result, he has completed numerous works for public spaces. These challenging commissions have included large sculptures, gates and historical restoration. Creating sculpture for public spaces has resulted in some of Roger’s most innovative work. Their success is inherent on Roger’s ability to remain focused on the project goal, accept and welcome community involvement, and design to accentuate the surrounding environment. Examples of his work are found nationwide.

When The Arts Council of Greater New Haven wanted to commemorate the settling of families from other parts of the world in the New Haven area, they commissioned Roger. The final welded bronze construction, which spans the entire 14-foot entry to a pedestrian park near Yale New Haven Hospital, incorporated many familial and community images.

The design committee at the Hotchkiss School challenged Roger to create a work that would complement the architecture of their new Science building. Together, they developed eight innovative aluminum castings set randomly in a blue stone floor at the entryway to the foyer. Symbolic imagery celebrating the biological and earth sciences highlighted the final work.

St. Aubin Park was a riverfront revitalization project in Detroit. The eventual sand cast iron fish grates, constructed in a shallow relief of 1/8" and 1/4" layers, emphasized both historical and educational elements integral to the Detroit River and its renowned ship building facility. The St. Aubin project also included a 10' sculpture depicting a dry-dock and buildings (still in existence on site, but in unrestored condition). The last portion of the commission depicts the freighter “Pioneer” that was constructed at the dry-dock and went on to carry ore throughout the Great Lakes.

A project for the University of Connecticut's 87 year-old Branford House in Groton was a challenging historical restoration. To restore details of the copper gutter and roof drain system – elements long since unavailable – new molds and dies were fabricated. Seventeen die-formed components were required to reconstruct the ornamental portion of the ornate roof drain.

If you are interested in enhancing or restoring an element of a public space, contact Roger to determine if his work might be appropriate for your project. Large scale commissions require a contract specifying detailed requirements, payment schedule and delivery dates.