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Roundabout at Sardis, Ledan roads gets artistic touch
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Nick Day, an employee with the Norton Agency, cleans the ground after installing copper sculptures at the Sardis Road roundabout on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The sculptures are a part of the Vision 2030 public art committee effort. - photo by Austin Steele

A windy day could make things interesting at the Sardis Road roundabout in northwest Hall.

Six pieces of copper sculpture resembling DNA strands, with cupped ornaments made to rotate when the wind blows, were installed Wednesday, May 8, inside the roundabout as part of an ongoing, countywide public art initiative.

“For all the people who travel that route going to school and work, it’s just going to be something beautiful,” said Tina Carlson, a member of the Vision 2030 public art committee sponsoring the effort. “There’s really no other objective than that.”

Jim Hawkins, Cody Robertson and Nick Day of The Norton Agency spent the afternoon installing the pieces in the roundabout’s grassy area — four outer pieces up to 10 feet high and one in the center standing 13 feet, 5 inches.

They worked to ensure each piece was securely planted.

“Each one’s got a concrete footer,” said Hawkins, a logistics coordinator with Norton.

The project isn’t quite finished, as the effort also includes adding a sign saying “Chestatee” and landscaping.

Vision 2030 is an arm of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce envisioning how the community should look going into the future. Public art is one of several committees. Vision 2030 is considering other aspects, such as transportation, greenspace and downtown development.

“We have inventoried about 100 different locations across the county where we think are ideal spots for public art,” said Frank Norton Jr., chairman of the public art committee, in an interview last week.

And that includes the roundabout at Sardis and Ledan roads. The traffic circle was built in 2017 to try to fix traffic congestion problems at the intersection.

Norton said he believes the Sardis-Ledan roundabout “will become a fabulous landmark for the Chestatee community.”

But whether it remains a fixture depends on the final design of the Sardis Road connector, a four-lane road that would run between Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 and Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60.

The connector is scheduled for construction in 2024, with right of way acquisition possibly starting later this year, Hall County spokesman Brian Stewart has said.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the art would get bulldozed.

Stewart said, “It’s my understanding from our road maintenance folks that, unless it requires some form of special tool or something like that, the county can certainly move (the sculptures) if the roundabout were to be demolished.”


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Copper sculptures are installed at the Sardis Road roundabout on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The sculptures are a part of the Vision 2030 public art committee effort. - photo by Austin Steele
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Copper sculptures are installed at the Sardis Road roundabout on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The sculptures are a part of the Vision 2030 public art committee effort. (Courtesy Light Sources, Inc.)
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