Dana Stewart - Boomer
Lambertville, NJ sculptor Dana Stewart was born and raised in California. Stewart came to Hamilton, New Jersey to study ceramic shell casting at the Grounds for Sculpture. His intended short visit turned permanent to head the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute ceramic shell department. Ten years later he opened Stewart Sculpture Casting in Lambertville.
Dana’s life in California had developed a love of the outdoors, animals and surfing. His whimsical characters are intended to be playful, but with an underlying dark side. His sculptures evoke emotion, amusement, combined with tension. The viewer is invited to imagine what type of creature the sculpture might be.
Boomer was originally installed in 2003 in the first New Hope Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show and in 2004 it was relocated away from New Hope. However, the town had fallen in love with the beast and many locals and organizations decided that New Hope needed to be Boomer’s permanent home. He (or she) is now permanenttly installed at the south end of town. Boomer is unofficially the town mascot of New Hope and is decorated for holidays and is the focal point of many photos.