LexArts, in partnership with the City and National Endowment for the Arts, dedicated and celebrated the public art exhibition on Southland Drive during Tahlsound Music Festival’s Tahlsound Tailgate this past weekend.
The 18-month exhibit, known as Retrofitting the Retro, features eight artists and eleven sculptures along the Southland corridor. A Retrofitting the Retro Art Walk was held in which artists stood with their sculptures to talk about their ideas and inspirations.
The 11 sculptures were selected through an open call for art before going through a committee that included LexArts, Mayors Office staff, a City Engineer and representatives from Southland Association. The exhibit will be up for 18 months, some works were purchased as permanent sculptures, others are available for purchase. The project was funded by the City of Lexington and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The art installation coincides with the installation of new sidewalks along Southland Drive as part of the Rediscover Southland project. The project aims to reflect the neighborhood’s identity and emphasize Southland as a destination neighborhood.
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