In front of a capacity-packed crowd at the August 19th “Almost Elton John” concert, Mayor Bucky Johnson announced the completed installation of Norcross” newest artistic accomplishment. The 11″ diameter mosaic now installed in Thrasher Park is the compiled creativity of area artists Anne Labaire and Jennifer Freeman. Ms. Labaire designed the whimsical piece, and Ms. Freeman”s talents brought it to life with dramatic results.
According to Mayor Johnson, “Norcross is described as “a place to imagine”. This mosaic is an exciting example of how true that statement is, and how the community and the city come together to find creative ways to showcase the arts.”
The piece was sponsored by the City of Norcross and the Norcross Arts Alliance (NAA), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting cultural arts in the city. Originally, the NAA put out a call to artists, selecting the idea of a mosaic as the winning concept. “A lot of designs were considered before this one was submitted,” added NAA president, Charlie Riehm. “But when we saw the colors, the community symbols and the pure fun of this design, it was the unanimous choice.”
The mosaic is located between the pavilion and the playground in Thrasher Park. The city”s Public Works Department installed spotlights so that the piece is illuminated from dusk to dawn. A bubble machine spouted a continuous veil of iridescent orbs around the mosaic during the presentation, attracting kids into the area; when asked what they thought of the mosaic, the general consensus was approval. As one little girl replied, “I like it. It makes me want to smile whenever I see all the colors!”
Downtown Norcross was voted “Best Arts & Cultural Scene”# by Gwinnett Magazine in 2010, and is often described by visitors as “the Virginia Highlands of Gwinnett County”#. This charming 4.5 square mile town is 140 years old, but known for its progressive energy and pacesetting standards in urban redevelopment.# To find out more about the City of Norcross, visit www.aplacetoimagine.com.