2’6″ w x 3’9″ h
Crucible: a pot in which substances are heated to a very high temperature or melted; b) a difficult test or challenge; c) a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions.
Crucible 2 followed Crucible 1, which has a great deal of turbulence in the center, held by flat, calm shapes all around the edge. The #2 version has gentler energy moving in the middle, within a container that’s needed only around some of the edge. The outside container for this energy is an important part of the crucible theme; it suggests the nurturing kind of support needed to avoid damage and to allow calm to return.
Elana was considering placing this sculpture in a gallery when she got a call from the Moses Cone Cancer Center, part of the Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro, NC. The Cancer Center’s Healing Arts Fund, for purchasing original art by NC artists for the hospital walls, had attracted donors for a sculpture over the main stairwell between 1st and 2nd floors, and another artist had recommended Elana. The VP of Fund Development considered commissioning a piece from Elana, then looked at what she had available at the time and chose Crucible 2.
Elana Kann’s wall sculpture, Crucible 2, was specially selected to be in a collection representing the works of 30 North Carolina artists at Cone Health Cancer Center. Ms. Kann’s sculpture, fashioned from many different woods, helps convey a message about the importance of support and cooperation. For that reason, the piece has been placed in a central location. Art plays an important role in the healing process, and therefore, it is prominent in the physical spaces and patient and family support programs of the Center.
–William A. Porter, Vice President of Fund Development, Cone Health Cancer Center