Method & Concept art gallery proposes sculpture garden for Naples Design District

Brittany Carloni
Brittany Carloni
published on January 8, 2021

A sculpture garden could occupy public right-of-way in the Naples Design District

Method & Concept, an art gallery that opened in 2013, is requesting a permit from the city of Naples for the display. 

The sculpture garden would be south of Method & Concept at the intersection of 10th Street South and Second Avenue South, according to a city summary of the project.

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Various artworks are reflected in Dune Mirror by Bower Studios, on display at Method & Concept in Naples on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The Naples Design District will hold a Design Crawl on Thursday, July 25, to showcase the businesses in the area during the off season. Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA

The idea for the sculpture garden came to be when Method & Concept was in its previous location about a block north of where it is now on 10th Street South, said Chad Jensen, a founding director of Method & Concept.

Jensen and others at Method & Concept saw the space during walks up and down 10th Street South to look at the gallery’s future home, he said. 

“We saw what the potential could be there, and we really wanted to wait and just kind of help beautify the area and create a little area that people could enjoy,” Jensen said. 

Method & Concept intends to work with community partners to fill the space. For example, the gallery plans to work with the Naples Botanical Garden to include plants and landscaping in the sculpture park. 

Jensen also described a partnership with the Naples Zoo, where Method & Concept would take old animal sculptures for display at the site. 

“How amazing would it look for us to put this old piece of Naples history, that so many people’s kids and grandkids have climbed on, to polish it up, give it a fresh coat of paint and give it a new home,” Jensen said. 

Plans for the sculpture park include a geodesic dome. Jensen also said a permanent seating area would be part of the site. 

Rotating sculpture exhibits would be included in the space as well, according to plans submitted to the city. 

The gallery would be in charge of maintenance of the artwork and vegetation in the space, according to plans submitted to Naples

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Method & Concept submitted letters of support for the sculpture garden to the city from representatives of The Collective, which Method & Concept is part of, and Naples Square Homeowners Association. 

“While not a large space, we feel this is a project that will impact the neighborhood favorably and provide enjoyment for its residents for years to come,” wrote Joaquin R. Carbonell, president of the Naples Square II Homeowners Association. 

The city’s Public Art Advisory Committee heard a presentation from Method & Concept in December on the gallery’s plans for the public right-of-way. 

Board members voted unanimously to recommend the City Council approve the project with a permeable pathway that meets Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to connect to an existing sidewalk on 10th Street South. 

“I like that it’s both refreshing and new with the dome, for example. We don’t have anything like that in Naples as far as public art goes,” said Public Art Advisory Committee member Amanda Beights at the December meeting.

The City Council is expected to discuss the project at a public meeting Jan. 20, according to a city summary of the project. 

Jensen said Method & Concept would like the sculpture park to be ready in time to hold a ribbon-cutting possibly at the beginning of the next tourism season.

“We’re really looking to involve as many of our partners and community as possible and ultimately create something that makes the quality of life, what is here, maybe if it improves it just a little bit, it gives people a little bit of an element of nature, a little bit of break from their day,” Jensen said. 

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Sarah Baker

Art & Design Coordinator

Sarah Baker is inspired by artist studio practices and as the Art and Design Coordinator at METHOD & CONCEPT she is dedicated to supporting the creative process. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fine Art program, Sarah is active in the SWFL art & design culture and is an artist in her own right.Integrating her skillset at a maker with expertise and knowledge of fibers and textiles, Sarah collaborates with METHOD & CONCEPT teams to provide an informed experience for art collectors and interior design clients.

Yose Alonso

Associate Interior Designer

Yoselin Alonso is an Interior Designer who focuses on functional design and believes in constructing exclusive spaces that evoke emotion. Incorporating the unique diversity of each client, her design details are profound, ensuring one-of-a-kind personalized spaces. A graduate of University of Florida’s College of Design, Alonso harnesses conceptual and practical skills that bring spaces to life from planning and construction through to the finest of details. Having grown up around construction and design, Alonso is eager to make her mark in the design world as a part of the METHOD & CONCEPT team.

Amy Jensen

Gallery Manager

At METHOD & CONCEPT, Amy is a champion for artists and coordinates season exhibitions and special events as well as outreach and community projects working closely with artists, collectors and community partners. Drawing from an arts education and two decades of experience working in the arts and for non-profit institutions, Amy actively advocates for arts & culture and enhanced quality of life through her work as Gallery Manager for METHOD & CONCEPT and in the local community.

Chad Jensen

Creative Director & Managing Partner

Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of METHOD & CONCEPT. Jensen is a true advocate for the arts, his work and the gallery’s programming both demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between contemporary craft, fine art and design.

In 2013, Jensen launched METHOD & CONCEPT as a division of Thomas Riley Companies, to represent international emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers. Jensen has exhibited numerous artists including Matthew Shlian, Peter Zimmermann, Tadao Cern, Kim Keever and Arik Levy.

In addition to his work at METHOD & CONCEPT, Jensen is an active leader in Naples’ cultural landscape, placing monumental public art at The Collective and Sugden-Gomez building at Baker Park. He is the Founding Director and serves on the Executive Board of the Naples Design District and the United Arts Council of Collier County, where he served as president for two terms. Jensen also serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is a frequent guest speaker, gallery juror and student mentor.

As an artist, he has exhibited at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami; as well as Guinevere, London. He has participated in international art fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, NY and the Shanghai Art Fair, China. In 2014, Jensen designed a limited-edition furniture collection that was presented during New York Design Week. Interior Design, Art Basel Guide and Casa da Abitare have featured his work.