Last week, members of the Johnson City Public Art Committee walked in and around Founders Park to decide where they wanted the 10 new sculptures to be placed.
Two other sculptures will be installed at the intersection of University Parkway and State of Franklin Road, while a third art piece, titled “Creatures in the Sky Arch II” by Jim Gallucci, will be placed near City Hall, in front of the fire department and Dairy Queen.
The city’s Public Works Department will begin installation of the new art in May. Some of the outgoing art will be available for purchase by the public.
Every two years, the city rotates out its art sculptures with new ones. This year marks the fourth cycle of new art, covering 2020 to 2022, since the program began in 2013.
The city pays each artist $2,000 to lease their sculptures for the two-year period.
Public Art Committee Chairman Nancy Fischman said 26 artists made submissions this year, and most artists chose to submit more than one piece.
The selection process began earlier this year, and a “jury” reviewed the submissions and submitted their recommendations to the Public Art Committee to be finalized in March.
Fischman said her committee tends to look for sturdy art sculptures that can sustain weathering.
This year, the Public Art Committee is planning to host an inaugural art festival, called Art Struck, on Sept. 6 and 7 at Founders Park. The event will feature a variety of art vendors along with art demonstrations and activities.
To learn more, visit www.jcpublicart.com.
The 2020-2022 leased art includes:
1. Untitled column statues, Shawn Morin
2. Cube in Motion, Hanna Jubran
3. Settle, Marc Maiorana
4. Pipe Dream, James Westermann,
5. Landbuoy, Roger Halligan
6. Sustain, Charlie Brouwer
7. Flight, Bob Doster
8. Fractured Memories, Adam Rathbun,
9.The Feather, Kirk Seese
10. Brave New Worlds, Charles Pilkey,
11. In Free Fall, Hana Jubran,
12. Intestinal Fortitude, Mike Hansel.