Become part of the art in the City of Suwanee’s SculpTour
Whether taking in the cool days of fall or planning an outside event with the grandchildren, a visit to the City of Suwanee’s award-winning SculpTour is sure to make special memories—and be sure to take plenty of pictures. Kids and adults can even become part of the art this year as an open space left in a large wall mural offers a place for guests to stand and become part of the scene.
The 17 public art pieces that make up the seventh installment of the city’s popular SculpTour temporary sculpture exhibit have been placed in Suwanee’s Town Center. Since 2011, the award-winning program has showcased almost 100 pieces in a walk-able, one-mile area of downtown Suwanee, in concert with the 18 pieces in the city’s permanent collection. With goals to enliven Town Center, attract visitors and stimulate interest in public art in Suwanee, SculpTour is designed to add to the “sense of energy, rhythm and ritual in the city.”
“Few suburban cities have a public realm that is as cultivated and central to the identity of the city as Suwanee’s parks and public spaces are,” said Denise Brinson, Suwanee Assistant City Manager. “This provides Suwanee with a unique opportunity to add public art that is of special significance and endurance.” Kids are invited to stop by Suwanee City Hall between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to pick up a SculpTour Passport, a fun guide to the exhibit designed just for them.
A popular destination this year will be directly behind city hall where tour goers can view “Chinese New Year,” a wall mural featuring animals in bright colors representing the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. The city collaborated with honors art students from North Gwinnett High School who submitted designs for a wall mural and the Suwanee Public Arts Commission chose Li Lin’s design. “I wanted some way to represent everyone in our community, emphasizing the individual’s role in making Suwanee what it is,” Lin said. “I also wanted a way to incorporate my culture. And I just really wanted to draw all the zodiacs together.” Accompanied by honors art teacher Dallas Gillespie, 19 students worked about 50 hours to complete the colorful mural, which was painted on what was described as a “boring utility enclosure wall.”
“It’s such a big project and it’s great to be a part of something so big in our community, especially large scale too because we’re all used to doing smaller projects and canvases,” said Kayla Eyles, president of the NGHS National Art Honor Society. To complete the wall mural, Gillespie and co-sponsor Karen Campbell worked with Lin, Eyles and the other students, including Amiti Arunmozhi, Morgan Chen, Ethan Choi, Casey Fancher, Juha Hwang, Ellina Jung, Yuna Kim, Lorelei Kincheloe, Miso Ko, Mingjia Li, Cydney Lin, Paris Nguyen, Sophia Perkins, Clarissa Reizenson, Samantha Sanders, Rachel Suh and Zichun Yang.
Each of the 17 pieces in the new SculpTour public exhibit has its own story to tell. Works include artist Lin’s “Chinese New Year;” Jason Dozer’s “Let Your Voice Be Heard;” “Metaphysica” by artist Phil Proctor; “Griffin” by Jonathan Bowling; “Core Red” by Adam Walls; Joni Younkins-Herzog’s “Blossom;” Gus and Lina Ocamposilva’s “Mr. Rings;” Etienne Jackson’s “Monocotyledon: Genesis;” Claudia Jane Klein’s “Inter-Dimensional Species;” “Love, Suwanee,” the previous fan favorite remains part of the tour; Gary Lee Price’s “The Great Contributors: Harriett Tubman Bench;” “Sunburst” by Hanna Jubran; “Mommy” by Lee Benson; “Portal Majestic” by Nathan Pierce; “Tangled” by Fred Ajanogha; “Devil Fish” by Todd Kappes Frahm and “Tangled Hare” also by Todd Kappes Frahm. For more information, visit https://www.suwanee.com/engage/public-art/suwanee-sculptour.