New public art installations are finding their way to the south side of Lexington.
Several new sculptures that are part of a LexArts project have been installed along the Southland Drive corridor of businesses.
LexArts called for artists to create 3D artwork in any media suitable for Rediscover Southland, an 18 month outdoor exhibit that reinforces the musical heritage of the Southland neighborhood.
Ten musically inspired sculptures by eight local artists have been placed along the new sidewalks installed on Southland Drive. Some pieces are permanent, others are available for purchase once the exhibit is over.
A few of the sculptures created by local artists include ‘2020 Blues’ by Kiptoo Tarus, installed on the corner of Southland and Rosemont Garden. Made from one piece of wood, the piece was inspired by Picasso’s Old Guitarist.
Clifton Cox’s ‘Stryker’ is a 10-foot tall stainless steel abstract sculpture on display outside of Southland Bowling. Cox says, “Southland is where I grew up. I grew up in this bowling alley as a kid, my first job was at Donut Days. The name of it is Stryker, so it’s a perfect place next to the bowling alley.”
‘Sat in Stone’ by Jeremy Colbert is inspired by music notes and the communication between the two different stones used. “Music notes have to work well together to produce a sound,” says Colbert. “It’s reflective of the times. We’re finding ourselves divided in some ways, we can’t seem to communicate, and we need to have a dialogue.” With four marble stones incorporated, the piece was created specifically for this exhibit.
The project was funded by the City of Lexington and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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