Art: It's not just for walls anymore
The City of Suwanee is committed to supporting public art as a means of enhancing residents' quality of life as well as creating a colorful and unique sense of identity and place. Through private donations, Suwanee SculpTour brings a variety of sculptures to downtown Suwanee on a rotating basis. Fourteen sculptures are currently on loan to the City through the 2013-15 SculpTour exhibit. The program also helps to grow Suwanee's permanent public art collection as typically at least one sculpture from each SculpTour is purchased, again using privately donated funds.
Through the City Council-appointed Public Arts Commission, the City of Suwanee creates and promotes programs that bring public art to the community. In addition, the commission encourages developers to include public art as part of their new projects.
In Remembrance of 9-11
Suwanee's Remembrance exhibit offers an example of art as history. Unveiled September 11, 2013, the display at Town Center Park features a damaged, twisted relic from one of the World Trade Center towers, which was given to Suwanee by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Created by Statesboro artist Marc Moulton, the display also includes a 9-11 historical timeline with stainless steel letters and numbers embedded into a cement pad as well as an inverted conical sculpture, with the lower Manhattan cityscape cut into it. At night, a light-shadow impression, which offers an aerial view of the cityscape, is projected onto the pad.
The display is located in a quiet area of Town Center Park along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
Shimmering Echoes, a suspended sculpture by Koryn Rolstad, was installed at City Hall in February 2010.
'Watercolor in the sky'
Shimmering Echoes, the suspended sculpture installed in the lobby of City Hall in 2010, was created by Seattle-based artist Koryn Rolstad. Mounted in two areas, the cascading sculpture includes 12 groupings suspended from railroad-inspired aluminum track frames and 1,900 elliptical-shaped eco-resin elements in shades from translucent white and rose tones to yellow, green, and aqua. Rolstad describes Shimmering Echoes as "a watercolor in the sky."
Permanent art pieces throughout Suwanee
Through Suwanee SculpTour and other initiatives, Suwanee's permanent public art collection continues to grow.
City of Suwanee collection
Instinctual Center by Aaron Hussey
Suwanee Police Training Facility
PlayTown Suwanee/Main Street
Mosaic Park Benches by 8th grade students (2011) at North Gwinnett Middle School
Pilgrim by Charlie Brouwer, donated by the Dovel Family
PlayTown Cows, Community-created/Atlanta Cow Parade
Photo by Bill Mahan
Sims Lake Park
Arachnid by Damon Lusky
Audubon Watcher by Jim Collins
Sunset by Gus & Lina Ocamposilva, donated by Cathy & Rob Rohloff
Windsculpture Weathervane by Al Garnto
Commemorative Obelisk, unveiled at dedication of Town Center Park
Mother & Child by Elusia Altman
Remembrance by Marc Moulton
Shimmering Echoes by Koryn Rolstad
Suwanee Stage Mural by Sonny Franks and other 2006 Dixie Letterhead participants
Privately owned artwork displayed at local businesses
Amne by Harry Zmijewski,
Advance Auto Parts, 3379 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road
Hammer and Nail by Andrew T. Crawford
Ultra Car Wash, 3121 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road
The Public Arts Commission is working to make life in Suwanee just a bit more colorful, a bit more, well, artful. The City Council-appointed Public Arts Commission was established to work with and encourage developers to include public art or support public art as a component of new projects and to create programs that bring and promote public art in Suwanee.
Among the duties of the Public Arts Commission are:
- coordinating the developer component of Suwanee's public arts initiative
- developing and coordinating the Suwanee SculpTour program
- developing a Citywide public art master plan
- recommending public artwork pieces on behalf of the City of Suwanee
- acquiring art using public art funds.
Public Arts Commission members are: