What stands 4-foot to 10-foot tall, weighs more than 4,600 pounds cumulatively, and is made mostly of steel, but also aluminum, wood, and bronze? It”s the 15 public art pieces that comprise the 2012 Suwanee SculpTour.
Presented this year by QuikTrip, SculpTour is Suwanee”s walkable outdoor exhibit of original sculptures. Displayed nearly year-round in and around downtown Suwanee, SculpTour is designed to be a public art encounter that serves as a quality of life enhancer, economic development tool, and community identifier.
Administered by Suwanee”s Public Arts Commission, the inaugural Suwanee SculpTour exhibit was installed last year and taken down earlier this month. The 2012 exhibit, which features 15 sculptures created by 11 artists, representing Georgia and five other states, will be installed in time for the May 19 Arts in the Park festival.
“We learned a lot from our first year,”# says Suwanee Public Arts Commission Chair Linnea Miller, “and we are poised for even greater success and impact in this coming year. SculpTour 2012 will surprise and delight visitors with 15 diverse sculptures that represent different styles, materials and genres. We believe that this diversity is representative of our vibrant community and offers an opportunity for Suwanee to continue to give its citizens and visitors a unique, shared experience through exposure to the arts.”
2012 SculpTour pieces include:
- Pilgrim ” by Charlie Brouwer of Willis, Virginia
- Audubon Watcher ” Jim Collins of Signal Mountain, Tennessee
- Intersection “ by Robert Coon of Vero Beach, Florida
- U Circle 58 ” by Al Garnto of Blairsville, Georgia
- Weathervane ” by Al Garnto of Blairsville, Georgia
- Winged Glory ” by Jack Howard-Potts of New York City
- Wallwalker ” by Jack Howard-Potts of New York City
- Oracle ” by Aaron P. Hussey of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Header ” by Gregory Johnson of Cumming (the only repeat artist from 2011)
- Gyres – by Cynthia Knapp of Atlanta
- Swept ” by Marc Moulton of Statesboro, Georgia
- #Smoke ” by Marc Moulton of Statesboro, Georgia
- Wrapped Around You – by Davis A. Whitfield IV of Mountain City, Tennessee
- Sun Drop “ by Davis A. Whitfield IV of Mountain City, Tennessee
- Reaching ” by Justin Wilson of Riverdale, Georgia
QuikTrip is the presenting sponsor of this year”s SculpTour, and the Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau is providing funding support for the audio tour/podcast that will be available via iTunes in July.
In news related to the wrap-up of the 2011 SculpTour, the Suwanee Public Arts Commission has announced the winner of the “People”s Choice”# Award: Mother & Child by New Jersey artist Elusia Altman. Among the 15 pieces included in the 2011 SculpTour, Mother & Child received the most online and paper ballot votes and has been purchased for $15,000 by the Public Arts Commission as a permanent piece in Suwanee”s public art collection. The minimally detailed sculpture is being recast in bronze and will be displayed, when it”s completed in a couple of months, in front of City Hall.
No public funds are used for the lease or purchase of SculpTour pieces.