?Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, located just outside of Palm Springs, has partnered with award-winning sculptor, C.J. Rench, to create the new Miramonte Sculpture Garden.
The collaboration brings nine of Rench’s sculptures to the resort, each carefully situated throughout the garden for guests and visitors to enjoy. The pieces include large-scale abstract designs like "Caught Up II," an 8ft. tall stainless steel sculpture with a red powder coating, as well as pedestrian scale designs like "Poise," one of Rench’s first sculptures of this scope.
The artist was displaying his work at the La Quinta Arts Festival earlier this year, which lead to the eventual collaboration. "I met C.J. at the La Quinta Arts Festival and was immediately taken aback by the sleekness and beauty of his sculptures," said Matthew La Vine, general manager at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa. "I spoke with the artist and we determined our resort would be a good showcase for his work. We invite people to come by and see it."
Rench, a Hood River, OR-based designer specializing in metal sculptures, aims to invite, inspire, and connect people. "As a former sport industry designer, I would travel the world and see public art in all different settings – it was inspiring," said Rench who chose to leave the corporate world in 2005 to start a family. "There was no way I was going to raise my daughter via Skype, so I decided to try something new."
Today his work includes many large-scale commissions for public and personal collectors throughout the United States ranging from small tabletop hand-painted sculptures to monumental public installations.