Mary Whyte donates first sculpture to Charleston

New addition at Joe Riley Waterfront Park

Mary Whyte and Lilly Jones (l-r) are all smiles in front of “Lilly.” Charleston Post & Courier photo by Henry Taylor.

Last week, Mary Whyte joined Charleston dignitaries and one special Citadel cadet in a Charleston park for a memorable gifting.

Though Whyte’s normal medium is watercolor, her foray into sculpture is now a fixture in her city’s Waterfront Park.

Lilly depicts a young Black girl reaching to the sky. The eponymous subject of the bronze statue, Lilly Jones, is now a Citadel cadet who attended the dedication ceremony.

“On behalf of our citizens, I’d like to thank Mary Whyte. This remarkable statue of Lilly is a beautiful and joyous work of art, and I can’t imagine a more appropriate home for it than Waterfront Park,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said.

“The statue of Lilly is not only a tribute to our African American community, but will be a joyful welcome to Waterfront Park visitors as well,” Whyte remarked.

Visit Lilly at Joe Riley Waterfront Park, Vendue Range & Concord Street in Charleston.

 

 

 


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