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Committee hopes county becomes a public art haven
Group proposes ideas for art in various places across Hall
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"Violin" by Andrew Crawford stands in front of Brenau University's Burd Center of Performing Arts on Academy Street NE.

Public art tour

The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee has created an online map of public art installations in and around Gainesville. Check it out by visiting www.vision2030.org/public-art-tour.

Art is in the eye of the beholder, they say. And when it comes to public art, there are a lot of beholders, a lot of interpretations and a lot of enjoyment.

The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee is hoping to expand the influence of art throughout Gainesville and Hall County.

That means big ideas about where to place art in all sorts of mediums and who to commission art from locally.  

Gainesville, for example, already has a tremendous inventory of public art, from murals at the federal courthouse to a tiger sculpture at Brenau University to a sculpture garden at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center off Green Street.

Frank Norton Jr., a Gainesville real estate mogul and member of the public art committee, said Monday during a presentation to the Hall County Board of Commissioners that there are opportunities to increase “appreciation of art throughout the entire community.”

For example, the committee hopes to use electrical grid boxes and bus stations as canvasses for art.

Another idea is to install tile designs on a giant blank wall off Pearl Nix Parkway.  

And the committee hopes to eventually launch a “free-range” art project, blowing up 10 pieces of art onto commercial-grade signboards and placing them in well-traveled locations throughout the city and county.

The committee has benefited from grants and donations to support its mission.

It is also taking ideas from eclectic cities and counties across the nation that have committed to public art in their communities, such as St. Augustine, Fla., and Santa Fe, N.M.

“We think there’s some great potential out there,” Norton said.


Public art tour

The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee has created an online map of public art installations in and around Gainesville. Check it out by visiting www.vision2030.org/public-art-tour.

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