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Public art exhibition offers element of surprise in a natural setting

[gallery link="file" orderby="rand"] A giant purple snail created from recyclable plastic, ocean creatures made of clay, and a female bronze form are three of the more than 20 large-scale outdoor sculptures gracing the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island. The works from local, regional and national artists were chosen from more than 500 submissions for the second Public Art Exhibition. Presented by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, the exhibition opened Sept. 21 and runs through Dec. 31. The "Around the Horn" exhibit follows a nearly mile-long trail, with access to two boardwalks over Jarvis Creek, and then meanders through woods, gardens, a butterfly shed and beehives. Visitors can stroll the grounds, participate in a docent-led tour, or access audio guides on their cell phones.  Visitors can also vote for their favorite piece on-site or online through Oct. 20. The artist with the most votes will be awarded a cash prize and special recognition. Admission is free. The exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit the exhibition website for more information or to vote for your favorite work, and read more about the exhibition in this article from Lowcountry Weekly. Via: Community Foundation of the Lowcountry  

Call for sculpture: 2013 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island

The 2013 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island, DISCOVER, seeks proposals for sculpture engaged in a contemporary conversation about art within a natural environment. The theme is intended to inspire submissions that foster discovery, exploration, interaction, recreation, education and an element of surprise within the beauty of the Lowcountry region. The exhibition will showcase outdoor sculptures by local and national artists. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2013. Up to 20 large-scale outdoor sculptures will be selected by a jury. Selection will be based upon artistic excellence, innovation, interactivity and originality. Jurors will also consider the work’s ability to enhance the natural and cultural environment and reflect the values and diversity of Hilton Head Island. All artists chosen will be awarded a $2,000 participation stipend. One of the sculptures will be purchased and donated to the Town of Hilton Head Island's growing public art collection. Three additional sculptures will be selected as "People's Choice." The exhibition takes place at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn from September - December 2013. Visit www.hhipublicart.org and click on the "Artists" tab to learn more or to apply. Via: The Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island