SPRINGFIELD'S SCULPTURES,            Carl and Roberta Volkmann
MONUMENTS, AND PLAQUES              cvolk@aol.com
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FLIGHT OF THE RAINBOW GOBLINS
Ralls Melotte, creator of the  stained glass
mobile
Flight of the Rainbow Goblins which
hangs above the work space and greenery
in the Willard Ice Building explains the
origin of the title of the work.  At the time
that he was working on the sculpture, he
was reading a book by UI de Rico entitled
The Rainbow Goblins (Thames & Hudson,
1978) to his children.  The colorful glass
sparkling in the sunlight  seemed to
capture the spirit and the beauty of the
book.
The Rainbow Goblins is a classic children's book that is remembered
fondly by adults and is still passed on to new generations.  The story,
illustrated by original oil paintings on oak, is one of greed defeated by
nature.  
 A Time magazine reviewer said of the book: "De Rico's
monumental landscapes suggest Leonardo, and his tale is reminiscent of
the Grimm brothers...a rainbow of colorful reading.
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