Visitors to downtown Greenville, S.C., can admire the newest piece of public art while walking under it. Paradigm Pathway, a 12-foot tall aluminum structure, straddles the walkway leading to Liberty Bridge. The sculpture was unveiled during Artisphere’s opening ceremonies May 11 in honor of the late Buck A. Mickel. Sculptor Stephen Kishel of Bluffton designed the piece with a “vision of color that mirrored a bouquet of vivid fall foliage” to showcase the beauty of the foothills and the sculpture’s Reedy River setting.
“I usually create tall vertical sculptures,” said Kishel. “However, the beauty of the river encouraged me to make a personal paradigm shift from vertical to horizontal. I want the sculpture to stand out year round as a cheerful reminder of how special the foothills of the mountains are and how great it is to live in harmony with nature.”
A panel led by Greenville’s Art in Public Places Commission selected the work from proposals submitted by South Carolina sculptors.
The shapes in Paradigm Pathway resemble organisms such as amoeba and tree leaves, symbolizing diversity.