BRISTOL, Tenn./Va. - You've heard it said that art is in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't see the art how can you appreciate it?
That's why so many communities are bringing art, especially sculptures, out into the public where it can be seen an appreciated.
Bristol's Art In Public Places put in their new sculptures around downtown this week. Committee members, city crews and artists spent the morning placing this year's sculptures around town.
Bristol's community art project is heading into it's eighth year with a variety of work representing different artists from around the southeast, like "Bramble Tunnel" from Cathy Perry. "Most of my work is tied around nature and childhood memories as I grew up on a farm. Memories that I can reflect back on, so I try to represent those in the work," she said.
Like a favorite place to play, under an overgrown fence row that makes a tunnel a perfect childhood getaway.
More playful work can be found at Anderson Park with a piece called "Orange Blast." It's a sculpture that's meant to be seen and appreciated, but also played with. "I like the idea of kids playing on it and stuff like that, using it, hanging on it. I made it strong," says artist Matthew Sharp.
Also in Anderson Park is a sculpture reminding us of our connection to nature and all things natural with Charlie Bouwer's "He Always Carried It With Him."
Another public place for the sculptures is the Bristol Public Library where you can see "She's a Fine Tall Woman" and an artist who thinks its a fine thing to display these sculptures where the public can see them. "It's a good thing. It gets the work out, it keeps things moving and I think it's good for the cities that do these shows," artist Rudy Rudisill said.
Just out the door of News 5 WCYB is another of this year's pieces, "Learn To Fly." The artist's work has been a part of the project for four different times. "I feel honored that because I know there's a lot of people out there. So I feel very honored that I have been able to do this a number of times. I do kind of have a history here," says artist Brian Glaze.
Just knowing that their work in on display and being appreciated gives all of the artists a connection to the city. "By October we will have a new walking tour brochure. It has a photograph and a brief description of every sculpture in it so people can pick this up at lots of different locations downtown," Mary Jane Miller with the art project said.
Take a little time to enjoy it should you come upon one of the new pieces of art, not in a museum but out in the public.
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