Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Meet the ArtCycle Artists

The Public is Invited to Meet and Greet of ArtCycle Artists

The City of Spartanburg will hold a meet and greet for the public to view seven ArtCycle sculptures and meet the artists behind this downtown project. The gathering and inaugural sculpture display is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg. A unique aspect to ArtCycle is the guide by cell phone program, a free audio tour to which participants can call in and learn more about each sculpture at their own pace.

As part of the Spartanburg Creative Energy campaign, Artcycle is a new initiative that will promote ten regional artists, each of whom has been commissioned to build an outdoor sculpture from recycled bicycle parts. One piece is designed by three high school students from the R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center. The sculptures need not be made only of bicycle parts, nor need they be made of a specific percentage of bicycle parts. However, the sculptures must be made of enough bicycle parts that the viewer readily sees that a significant portion of each sculpture contain parts that were formerly from of a bicycle.

The sculptures will be on display in Spartanburg’s downtown area from May to August of this year. The project is the result of a collaboration between Spartanburg Creative Energy, Hub-Bub.com, Spartanburg Art Museum and Partners for Active Living. Artcycle celebrates the City's national designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community, which made it the first in South Carolina to receive that honor in 2007.

2009 ArtCycle Artists
Jason S. Galloway – Roebuck, SC
Sean Pace - Asheville, NC
Miles Paquin – Spartanburg, SC
Ralph Paquin - Spartanburg, SC
Sarah Perry, R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center Student – Spartanburg, SC
Lauren Ponder -Spartanburg, SC
Cody Roberts – Spartanburg, SC
Daniel Tripp- Campobello, SC
Brandon Waddell, R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center Student – Spartanburg, SC
Blake West, R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center - Student – Spartanburg, SC

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