Doers & Makers – Public Art Commission (PAC)

The Public Art Commission (PAC) was appointed by Hickory City Council to provide a forum for integrating public art into public spaces, to help create a visual sense of the community, and to provide leadership in implementing a public art program for Hickory.

The PAC is responsible for multiple projects that have served to inspire and beautify the city.  A favorite in the community is the “Art on the Bench” project, which consists of 62 artfully painted benches, located throughout the city.  Each bench is unique and hand painted by local artists.  Photos of the bench collection can be found online at http://www.hickorync.gov/sites/default/files/Government/Boards/Public%20Art%20Commission/Art%20on%20the%20Bench%20Inventory.pdf.

Additionally, the PAC recently created an “Art Walk” and a brochure/map, which details 21 sculptures and their locations in the City.  This initiative has been helpful in promoting the art pieces themselves, as well as encouraging pedestrian activity throughout the city.  Since the art walk’s creation, three additional sculptures have been installed and will be added to the walk.

The PAC’s most recent acquisitions are two Zimbabwean sculptures installed at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library’s reading garden.  An anonymous donor, who lives in Hickory and is a strong supporter of art and craft, presented Girl Studying by Jonathan Mhondorohuma as a possible donation to the Public Art Commission.

PAC was so impressed with the quality of the work and the voice that it represented, that they elected to purchase an additional piece from the same group of artisans, with PAC funds.   Nature’s Way by Prosper Chirodza was the selected sculpture.

In celebration of these two new sculptures, PAC will be holding a ribbon cutting on April 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  This will be an excellent time for members of the community to learn more about the Public Art Commission.

Please visit http://www.hickorync.gov/content/public-art-commission to see the Public Art Commission’s Master Plan and Art Walk brochure.

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