Will it be the oversized sun at which people are snapping photos with heads peeking through the hollow middle? Could it be the totem pole made of car bumpers, which some think is a subliminal safe driving message? Perhaps it will be the free-spirited lady whose open arms many have imitated. Suwanee residents and visitors now may vote for their favorite art piece among these or one of a dozen other sculptures that comprise the inaugural Suwanee SculpTour. The sculpture with the most votes at the end of the exhibit in March will be deemed the "People"s Choice"# and purchased for permanent display.
"We"re really excited about the conversations that the variety of sculptures is generating,"# says Suwanee"s Economic and Community Development Director Denise Brinson. "People are talking about which ones they like and which they don"t. The Public Arts Commission is going to buy one of these sculptures for the City"s permanent art collection so we really encourage people to vote for their favorite."#
Residents and others may vote for their favorite sculpture in a variety of ways:
" #Visit www.suwanee.com/whatsnew.sculptour.php and click on the green "People"s Choice Vote for Me"# button beside the description of your favorite sculpture. Those viewing the exhibit also may share comments about the sculptures via the same webpage.
" #Those with smart phones and, if necessary, a free downloaded application, may access the website and vote via QR codes printed on the signs on each sculpture.
" #Paper ballots are available in a box just outside City Hall on Charleston Market Street. The completed ballots should be placed in the adjacent secure silver drop box.
A printed guide/map of the exhibit is available at City Hall as well as in the box on Charleston Market Street and at Ippolito"s Italian Restaurant.
Suwanee resident Chris Dolgetta sent an email to the City of Suwanee in June, stating: "I absolutely LOVE seeing all the pieces!# I didn"t realize what a nice effect the sculptures give - it"s a beautiful added dimension to our already amazing Town Center."#
City officials are encouraged to note that the SculpTour pieces are indeed getting noticed, provoking reactions, and drawing attention to the Suwanee community.
"It"s really cool to see people of all ages going up to the sculptures, studying them, imitating them, and having their picture taken with the art,"# says Brinson. "Through programs like SculpTour, what we"re building is Suwanee"s unique tourism draw. Combined with our interactive fountain, community garden, greenway, and Town Center, Suwanee is really becoming a destination, offering fun, educational, outdoorsy, and cultural amenities.
"We"ve got enough great things going on now that Suwanee makes not just a great place to live or to come for special events but also a great weekend getaway for people in the region."#
No City tax funds were expended to bring the 2011 Suwanee SculpTour to the community. The exhibit is funded by generous private sponsors, including Georgia Natural Gas, Law Offices of Richard Yoon, and Peoples Bank & Trust.
The 15 art pieces, created by a dozen artists, in the Suwanee SculpTour include:
" #Amne and Dreams of Flying by Harry Zmijewski (Buford, GA)
" #Arachnid by Damon Lusky (Dawsonville, GA)
" #Bright Ideas 2 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 Eluisa 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)