ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Artists for Town’s Next Public Art Piece Will Be Here This Weekend
Among the many people expected in town for “April Is For Arts” this weekend will be the two artists charged with creating Davidson’s next piece of public art.
The artists, Luke Crawley and Quincy Owens, will bring with them sketches and models of their initial ideas for the piece—a sensory sculpture garden in Roosevelt Wilson Park.
Residents will have several opportunities to provide feedback to the artists throughout the weekend. They will arrive on Friday to begin gathering information and meetings with residents, for the Friday evening gallery crawl, the weekend artist village on the green, and at Saturday evening’s “Breaking Bread, Building Friendships” community dinner at Roosevelt Park (6 p.m.-8 p.m.), where their work will eventually be installed.
According to Sherry Nelson, chair of the town’s public art commission (DPAC), the artists will be welcoming community input to guide the further development of the Sensory Sculpture Garden. Nelson said DPAC completed a rigorous competitive application process in 2018 that resulted in the selection of Crawley and Owens as the artists to design and install the work. The commission hopes the work will be installed in the fall.
Nelson said, “Luke and Quincy are highly creative, interactive artists who, in collaboration with DPAC, are seeking the participation of Davidson’s residents and students to take their design ideas to the next level.”
As currently envisioned, the installation will provide the park with three nodes designed to stimulate the senses. Each node is related in theme, but has an individual identity to serve as separate, but connected experiences. Each node incorporates, highlights, and utilizes sculpture incorporated into the natural beauty of the park through sight, sound, touch, and smell.
Other of their works may be viewed on their web page.
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