Suwanee Supports the Arts
Written by Emily Anne Jackson
Suwanee’s Public Arts Commission has purchased two sculptures from the 2012 Suwanee SculpTour, a walkable public art encounter which closed in March. The sculptures, purchased with private donations made to the arts program, now belong to Suwanee’s permanent art collection. Over the next couple of weeks, they will be transported from Suwanee Town Center to new display locations at Sims Lake Park.
The abstract twosome consists of “Audubon Watcher,” a whitewashed, bench-bound silhouette by Tennessee artist Jim Collins, and “Wind Sculpture Weathervane” by Blairsville resident Al Garnto. This second creative construction earned the honor of People’s Choice during the 2012 SculpTour. The larger-than-life weathervane, pieced together from primarily recycled materials, is a work of kinetic art. Its many moving parts gain their spinning motion by harnessing the wind’s energy. Together, the captivating pair of structures surely reflects the program directors’ goal of making the Suwanee community “more interesting.”
The 2013-2015 Suwanee SculpTour officially opened in May. The exhibit presents a whopping 14 sculptures pertaining to a range of topics including the human body, the natural world and the importance of family. You can vote for this round’s People’s Choice Winner by visiting the City of Suwanee website. suwanee.com