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Take a stroll thru a unique Suwanee exhibit of 15 sculptures
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Take a stroll thru a unique Suwanee exhibit of 15 sculptures

Suwanee, GA -- Heads are literally turning as folks who drive or walk through Suwanee’s Town Center notice something new. Make that 15 somethings new! Fifteen outdoor sculptures have been installed throughout Town Center – it’s all part of the inaugural Suwanee SculpTour, a public arts initiative that officially opened last week during the Arts in the Park festival.

The sculptures, representing various styles, materials, and sizes, are on loan from a dozen different artists and will be exhibited in Suwanee through March of next year. Citizens will be invited to vote for their favorite sculpture via www.suwanee.com beginning in July; the sculpture with the most votes at the end of the exhibit in March will be the “People’s Choice” and purchased as part of the City’s permanent art collection. 

“The City of Suwanee values public art as a key component in our economic development efforts – great cities, big or small, have public art,” says Denise Brinson, economic and community development director. “The SculpTour provides a relatively low-cost way to bring quality public art of various styles and mediums to our community. Our hope is that the art pieces will engage our citizens and bring new visitors to downtown Suwanee.”

The 2011 Suwanee SculpTour is funded by generous private sponsors: Georgia Natural Gas, Peoples Bank & Trust, and Ssam’s Grill + Café. The Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant also have provided funding support.

The sculptures – and other examples of permanent public art – have been arranged as an approximately one-mile walking tour; a brochure with a map and information about each of the pieces is available at City Hall.

In selecting the 15 sculptures from more than 30 art pieces submitted, Suwanee’s Public Arts Commission considered quality of workmanship, originality, structural soundness, ease of installation, and general community appeal. The pieces and artists selected were:

 

•           Amne and Dreams of Flying by Harry Zmijewski (Buford, GA)

•           Arachnid by Damon Lusky (Dawsonville, GA)

•           Bright Idea by Lori Sturgess (Roswell, GA)

•           Catching the Wind by Gregory Johnson (Cumming, GA)

•           Deconstructed Bolt by Andrew T. Crawford (Atlanta, GA)

•           Free Spirit and Ribbon Dance by Jennifer Freeman (Johns Creek, GA)

•           Intrusion by Harry McDaniel (Asheville, NC)

•           Magic Rain and Sunset by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva (Clearwater, FL)

•           Mother & Child by Elusia Altman (Bogota, NJ)

•           Prayer Booth by Dylan Mortimer (Kansas City, MO)

•           Sticks 7 by Dennis Primm (Buford, GA)

•           Sunbeam II by Sydney Atkinson (Woodstock, GA)

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