Partner Organizations and Mayor Battle Unveil Final Piece at VBC
Presented by The Arts Council and partner organizations Alabama A&M University, Huntsville Museum of Art, Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment Center and UAHuntsville, SPACES includes 25 large-scale sculptures located throughout the city.
The sculpture trail is interactive and can be enjoyed through guided tours, individual map-guided walking tours, and GPS-guided tours. There is also a cell phone tour available that provides information about each piece. Throughout the two years of the trail's time in Huntsville, there will be special educational workshops and tourist guides available.
The Arts Council Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken said, "SPACES is the culmination of a collaborative effort to bring a large-scale public art project to Huntsville. As a metropolitan community, we will now be able to engage with our environment in new and different ways as the landscape of familiar streets and settings now incorporates public sculpture. It is incredibly rewarding to see how vision and determination can motivate partner organizations and sponsors to develop a broad-based project to benefit the community."
Today The Arts Council welcomed Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and sponsors of the SPACES sculpture trail as they launched Huntsville's largest public art initiative to date. The ceremony at the Von Braun Center South Hall across from Thrasher Fountain included unveiling of the final sculpture that completes the trail -- "Oarspace" by artist Cliff Tresner.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle added, "This is an exciting day for the City of Huntsville. Strong programs in the arts have always been some of Huntsville's greatest assets, and now having public sculpture accent our city is not only a great achievement for this community, it increases our quality of life even more. Congratulations to all the partner prganizations and sponsors for seeing this project through to completion."