Suwanee SculpTour

The City's fourth Suwanee SculpTour exhibit offers more than ever – more art pieces, more local artists, and the largest sculpture yet to be included in Suwanee's public art encounter in and around Town Center Park. The 17 public art pieces in the 2015-17 Suwanee SculpTour, arranged along an approximately one-mile walking tour, will be on exhibit through March 2017.

A program of the Public Arts Commission, Suwanee SculpTour is supported through private donations. Thanks to our generous sponsors listed to the right!

Be sure to vote for your favorite SculpTour art piece. At the end of the exhibit, providing that funds are available, the City of Suwanee will add at least one SculpTour piece to its permanent art collection.

People's Choice Vote for MeLove Hurts by Benson Sculpture/Aaron Benson


Love Hurts by Benson Sculpture/Aaron Benson

The message of Love Hurts is that when we choose to love, we can sometimes get hurt. This piece's title is taken from the 1970s rock band Nazareth's song of the same name. Fabricated from stoneware and 24 karat gold, the piece stands 7 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Benson Sculpture

Husband and wife Aaron Lee and Betty Jane Benson, of Jackson, Tennessee, are the talent behind Benson Sculpture, LLC. They both have master of fine arts degrees in ceramics/sculpture from the University of Tennessee and have created public works of art for 30 years. Their team now includes their three grown children, who regularly help out with the family business. The Bensons recently developed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International through which materials from some of their wood sculptures can be recycled and used to build homes for low-income families.

More info: bensonsculpture.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeSunflower Gate by Andrew T. Crawford

Sponsored by Suwanee Magazine


Sunflower Gate by Andrew T. Crawford

Well-known for his creation of functional objects and ornamental ironworks, Andrew Crawford may be best known for his unique ornamental gates, such as this one. Fabricated from forged stainless steel, this gate stands just over 8 feet tall at its highest point and weighs 300 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Andrew T. Crawford

Andrew Crawford's grandmother, along with his parents, encouraged and fostered his youthful artistic endeavors, allowing him to set up a home workshop. Crawford attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied sculpture. After graduating, he returned to Atlanta to open his Andrew T. Crawford Ironworks workshop and studio in 1993. The artist's goal is to create functional objects with an emphasis on blacksmithing. Some of Crawford's most prominent public works were created for Atlanta Botanical Garden, Federal Reserve Bank, and the District of Columbia. Crawford's works also are included among collections at several U.S. museums.

More info: ironisking.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeCorey by Jonathan Bowling

Sponsored by Salude - The Art of Recovery


Corey by Jonathan Bowling

Corey is part of a series of steel horses that focus on interior and negative spaces as much as on contours and surface. Jonathan Bowling envisions each horse as a series of abstract sculptures, which are combined to form the whole. The recycled materials used can date back to the turn of the 20th century. Fabricated of recycled steel, this sculpture stands 7 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Jonathan Bowling

Bowling, who currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, grew up on a small farm in Kentucky. His first sculptural efforts reflected the simple games of childhood: a fieldstone castle, a bridle of hay twine, and a driftwood armada. As a teenager, he lived in Belgium where he had access to the museums of Western Europe. Upon his return to the U.S., he attended the University of Kentucky where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture and a bachelor's degree in art history. He currently is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in sculpture at East Carolina University.

More info: JonathanBowling.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeTaking Flight by Jennifer Freeman

Sponsored by Quantum National Bank


Taking Flight by Jennifer Freeman

With Taking Flight, the artist is grounding the flight of the iron birds taking to the sky with the mosaic "story" in the base of the piece. When you observe the base closely, you will see that the geometrics closest to the bottom represent land, water, and flowers. As your eyes travel up the sculpture, the reds, golds, and yellows represent sunsets. As you reach the top of the piece, the blues, yellows, and greens represent the sky. Fabricated of mosaic, stained glass, porcelain tile, and wrought iron, this sculpture stands 8 feet tall and weighs 80 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Jennifer Freeman

Duluth resident Jennifer Freeman is a mosaic artist who began her career in the business world. She has a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University and owned and operated a successful travel agency for 20 years. She developed an interest in working with mosaics in 1998, studying in Italy. Freeman's public art pieces have been displayed in several Georgia cities as well as in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

More info: mosaicodyssey.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeCapacious by Isaac Duncan III


Capacious by Isaac Duncan III

Isaac Duncan III likes to create works of art that convey the feeling of motion, which implies life. Hence the sphere, angles, balanced and unbalanced elements, and voids that you see in Capacious. As you walk by or around this piece, you'll notice that the sphere appears to move. Fabricated using stainless steel and bronze, Capacious stands 13 feet tall and weighs 550 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Isaac Duncan III

Duncan, a Brooklyn native, received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, certification in secondary art education from St. Mary's College, and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Kentucky.  Duncan does not create a sketch or drawing before beginning to sculpt, preferring to create in the moment and make immediate decisions that lead him to the next set of circumstances, just as in life. Duncan's commissioned works are displayed across the United States as well as in Canada and Switzerland. He is president of the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance based in Chattanooga, where he lives.

More info: duncansculpture.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeFaith by Adam Walls


Faith by Adam Walls

Adam Walls came up with the theme for this piece while trying to express his thoughts on science in concert with faith. He combined imagery loosely borrowed from the arched cathedral style of windows from the church he grew up in with imagery of a peptide bond, one of the scientific building blocks of life. The artist doesn't believe that it's necessary for the viewer to understand his concept since it is a personal one, but he hopes to leave his audience with a positive and enjoyable experience. Fabricated of painted steel and standing 11 feet tall, Faith weighs 150 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Adam Walls

Residing in Hope Mills, North Carolina, Walls received his bachelor of fine arts degree in art education from Limestone College and his master of fine arts in sculpture from Winthrop University. He has taught art at public schools, art centers, and universities for the past 20 years; he currently is a tenured professor in the art department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Walls' artwork has been accepted by more than 100 juried exhibitions and has received attention via international publications, National Public Radio, and educational television.

More info: adamwallssculpture.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeThe Three Muses by Hanna Jubran


The Three Muses by Hanna Jubran

This abstract stainless steel and bronze sculpture depicts the three goddesses of joy, charm, and beauty from Greek mythology. The top of each bronze form represents the head and golden temple of each goddess. The circular forms can be interpreted as the sun, the moon rising or setting, and the cycle of life. The horizontal and diagonal forms represent the ups and downs of life.  This sculpture stands 8 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Hanna Jubran

Hanna Jubran earned his master of fine arts degree in sculpture with a minor in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. His commissioned works can be found in Argentina, Latvia, China, Japan, Mexico, and Israel as well as across the United States. A Grimesland resident, Jurban is professor of art/sculpture in the School of Art at East Carolina University in Greenville.

More info: hannajubran.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeDancer XX by Jack Howard-Potter

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Dancer XX by Jack Howard-Potter

This sculpture represents a monumental male figure standing on one leg with arms raised to represent a body in motion – the moment that a dancer is at the peak of a jump, the weightless split second before the body succumbs to gravity. Fabricated from galvanized and powder-coated steel and fabric as well as the hub assembly of a Ford Explorer, the sculpture stands 20 feet tall and weighs approximately 2,700 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Jack Howard-Potter

Motivated by his study of human anatomy and movement, Jack Howard-Potter works with steel to create large-scale figurative sculptures. His work has been on display throughout the world in outdoor sculpture parks, galleries, and public art exhibitions. He grew up in and still resides in New York City. He earned his bachelor's degree in art history and sculpture from Union College. After college, Howard-Potter worked with a blacksmith in Colorado where he learned about the properties of steel, a medium he would eventually use to create his art.

For more info: steelstatue.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeBall and the Red Staircase by Adam Walls


Ball and the Red Staircase by Adam Walls

In this sculpture, which represents unattainable success, the viewer is faced with a staircase that has an impossibly high first step. From the bottom looking up, viewers can easily see themselves reflected by the sphere at the top step. They can only visualize themselves atop the impossible venture, but then isn't that how success always begins? Fabricated from painted and stainless steel, this sculpture stands 11 feet tall and weighs 375 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Adam Walls

Residing in Hope Mills, North Carolina, Walls received his bachelor of fine arts degree in art education from Limestone College and his master of fine arts in sculpture from Winthrop University. He has taught art at public schools, art centers, and universities for the past 20 years; he currently is a tenured professor in the art department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Walls' artwork has been accepted by more than 100 juried exhibitions and has received attention via international publications, National Public Radio, and educational television.

More info: adamwallssculpture.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeCarry Forward by Joey Manson


Carry Forward by Joey Manson

Joey Manson works with industrial materials. His sculptures are an exploration of our built, social, and environmental constructs. Carry Forward is an optimistic look at expectations of the future while absorbing losses of the past. Fabricated of steel, the sculpture stands 7 feet tall and weighs approximately 1,000 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Joey Manson

Manson works in a range of materials suitable for large-scale pieces. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Clemson University and his master of fine arts degree from Alfred University. He joined the faculty at Clemson in 2002, after spending several years living and working in New York City. His works have been displayed across the United States.

More info: joeymanson.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeThe Herd by Phil Proctor


The Herd by Phil Proctor

Phil Proctor's collection of eight steel-fabricated goats symbolizes the concept of awareness. All too often we find ourselves immersed in work, worry, or just the everyday tasks of life and our awareness of self and our place becomes clouded. One goat in Proctor's Herd raises his head to experience the beauty of his surroundings and, as he does, he sees all of the other goats with their heads buried, seeing only what is in front of their noses. The Herd is a reminder to look up and remember what's really important.  Each goat weighs about 100 pounds and stands 3 feet tall. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Phil Proctor

For many years, Proctor has created sculptures that embody the concepts of energy and physical space. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master of fine arts from East Carolina University. A Decatur resident, he has worked out of his Atlanta studio for the past 10 years. Proctor has permanent sculpture installations throughout the Southeast as well as in countries across Western Europe. The City of Suwanee's permanent collection includes Proctor's Iron Canopy.

More info: philproctor.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeBRD by Michael Dillon

Sponsored by Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary


BRD by Michael Dillon

BRD is forged from iron using large industrial power hammers, the same hammers used during America's industrial age, to create forms and surfaces that translate the power and force of the forging process. The sculpture was inspired by Michael Dillon's daughter; he juxtaposes a playful pose with an intensity shared by his daughter and this bird of prey. A recurrent theme in Dillon's work, raptors represent strength, timelessness, and independence, all of which the artist strives to capture in steel.  BRD stands 10 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Michael Dillon

Dillon's passion is creating sculptures for public spaces. As an artist/blacksmith living in North Georgia, he has more than 25 years' experience creating both functional and ornamental works of art. His works can be found in Atlanta as well as abroad. Dillon's love of mechanics was born in the small service station where he worked throughout high school. The artist strives to create pieces that are visually uncomplicated and graceful, pieces that inspire wonder within the viewer.

For more info: dillonforge.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeCow on a Horse by Jim Collins

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Cow on a Horse by Jim Collins

Cow on a Horse is a visual pun and a continuation of artist Jim Collins' cattle series. The artist's largest collection of cows is Limerick Heard, created in 2004 by commission for major highways in Limerick, Ireland. Other examples of Collins' silhouette cows are on display in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Athens, Georgia; and Chattanooga as well as in the hills of West Virginia. 


Jim Collins

Collins' work may best be exemplified by his long running Watcher series. Primarily a public art sculptor, his style is characterized by the use of silhouettes of people and animals constructed from stainless steel, aluminum, and other metals. Collins, who lives in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, was a professor of art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1966-83, when he left to devote himself full time to his career as a professional artist. He has received degrees from Marshall University in West Virginia, the University of Michigan, and Ohio University. The City of Suwanee's permanent collection includes two of Collins' sculptures: Audubon Watcher and Who Let the Dogs Out?

More info: collins3D.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeCascade by Gregory Johnson


Cascade by Gregory Johnson

Cascade represents Gregory Johnson's most recent contemporary set of works. Instead of sculpting things that we see and are familiar with, such as a person, he chooses in this series to depict elements we feel but cannot necessarily touch or quantify. The warmth of the sun, the secure and loving feeling of family, the strength of nature – these are just a few of the emotions that the artist hopes Cascade evokes. Constructed from polished and brushed stainless steel, this sculpture stands just under 4 feet tall and weighs 150 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Gregory Johnson

Johnson has worked as an artist for 50 years, prolifically creating sculptures with both traditional and contemporary themes. His traditional sculptures, featuring people, animals, war memorials, educational themes, and busts, as well as his most recent contemporary pieces, featuring simple, elegant geometric shapes, can be found in private, corporate, and public collections across the United States and in several other countries. A Cumming resident, Johnson has a master's degree in art from Illinois State University.

More info: moderngj.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeFriends by Nnamdi Okonkwo

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Friends by Nnamdi Okonkwo

Nnamdi Okonkwo's Friends is a symbolic statement in bronze of the spirit or essence of friendship. For the artist, it encompasses all the noble attributes of friendship, including love, togetherness, unity, and support. It also can symbolize the unity of family or community. The artist hopes that the sculpture reminds or awakens viewers to the beauty and meaning of these attributes as well as the desire to seek them in their own life. The use of large forms and shapes is also symbolic in the sense that they convey a larger-than-life, monumental presence and a nobility of soul. Fabricated from bronze, this sculpture stands more than 6 feet tall and weighs 1,300 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Nnamdi Okonkwo

Okonkwo lives in Fayetteville, Georgia, but was born in Eastern Nigeria. He was drawn to art even as a child, an inclination always encouraged by his mother. Okonkwo states: "Any glory or acclaim that ever comes to me as an artist, I will attribute directly to my mother and my wife, the two people who have stood by me and have never wavered in their encouragement and support for me as an artist." Standing 6 feet 9 inches tall, Okonkwo was recruited by Brigham Young University-Hawaii to play basketball. It was there that he earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture; he then went on to earn his master of fine arts at BYU-Provo. His works can be found in galleries, museums, private collections, and sculpture gardens throughout the world. 

For more info: nnamdiart.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeFather and Son by Adam Walls


Father and Son by Adam Walls

Father and Son expresses the artist's thoughts related to the security that good parenting affords a child. This sculpture uses the imagery of an oversized toy tank to represent the power behind the word "father." Adam Walls saw his father as playful and powerful in much the same way he sees this tank. In this piece, the father defends and prepares the son for the day that he will become a father himself. This concept is a personal one for the artist, and he hopes that it leaves his audience with a positive and enjoyable experience. Fabricated from painted steel, the sculpture stands 6 feet tall and weighs 280 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Adam Walls

Residing in Hope Mills, North Carolina, Walls received his bachelor of fine arts degree in art education from Limestone College and his master of fine arts in sculpture from Winthrop University. He has taught art at public schools, art centers, and universities for the past 20 years; he currently is a tenured professor in the art department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Walls' artwork has been accepted by more than 100 juried exhibitions and has received attention via international publications, National Public Radio, and educational television.

More info: adamwallssculpture.com

 

People's Choice Vote for MeOak Leaf Horizon II by Jim Gallucci


Oak Leaf Horizon II by Jim Gallucci

Oak Leaf Horizon III is part of a series that explores the forest canopy, which is quickly disappearing. As do many of Jim Gallucci's pieces, this sculpture incorporates elements of doors and gateways that invite viewers' participation. He believes that gates give viewers a literal entry into his work, a portal to an aesthetic journey. Fabricated from galvanized steel, this sculpture stands 12 feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Jim Gallucci

Jim Gallucci holds a bachelor's degree in English from LeMoyne College as well as bachelor and master of fine arts degrees in sculpture from Syracuse University. He works full time designing and creating/fabricating sculptures in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he lives and serves as a consultant to the city for public art as well as on numerous boards in the area. His commissions can be found in public, corporate, and residential spaces throughout the world.

More info: jimgalluccisculptor.com