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Art can bring new life to downtown Johnson City

October 20th, 2013 12:00 am by Staff Report

Art can bring new life to downtown Johnson City

It’s often been said that art can nourish the soul. It’s true. Art can provide meaning to life and give life to the meaningless. Art is subjective. Art is personal. Art is bright. Art is dark.
And soon, art will be a significant part of downtown Johnson City.
As Press staff writer Jennifer Sprouse reported last week, members of the Public Art Committee of Johnson City have issued an invitation for proposals for the Founders Park Entryway Art Project.
City officials are asking artists age 18 and older nationwide — excluding city employees, art committee members and selection committee members — to submit proposals for a permanent project for the park.
The simplest ideas are often the best when it comes to beautifying public spaces. Things like planting indigenous wildflowers, picking up litter and removing weeds from landscaped areas are both effective and inexpensive ways to make these spaces more inviting.
Placing art in these areas is also a key way to make public spaces more aesthetically pleasing. This is a concept that helps to make an area unique and charming.
Some of the public art in Johnson City might be utilitarian sculptures that would double as bike racks, trash receptacles and water fountains. Whatever form this art takes, it would be a treasured amenity in a city that desperately needs public art.
For application details for both the Founders Park and Public Art Corridor, visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/art or call Phil Pindzola, public works director, at 434-6080, or email ppindzola@johnsoncitytn.org.

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