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City of Greenville plans broader canvas for public art program

Greenville city officials are hoping the first public art master plan will guide the program’s future not only downtown, but in schools, neighborhoods and commercial corridors where art could be used to draw attention to areas still spotted with for-sale signs and holes in redevelopment. A key goal for the public art master plan is to spell out the process of how to get public art installed, which requires approval from the Arts in Public Places Commission and, if the piece is located downtown, the city’s Design Review Board. Until now, the program has been mostly reactionary, meeting with organizations that want to install public art — usually bronze sculptures — providing matching funds or sending out requests for proposals, said Ed Zeigler, chairman of the Arts in Public Places Commission. Read the entire article in the Greenville News. [caption id="attachment_93" align="alignright" width="500"]Paradigm Pathway Paradigm Pathway by Stephen Kishel was installed during Artisphere 2012.[/caption] Via: The Greenville News

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A new pathway to public art in Greenville

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.   [caption id="attachment_475" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Paradigm Pathway The shapes in Paradigm Pathway resemble organisms such as amoeba and tree leaves, symbolizing diversity.[/caption]