Art in Public Places
LARGE-SCALE MURAL IN PROGRESS AT 301 COLLEGE STREET
This Guido van Helten work is part of the Monuments Project, completed in 2018 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
The Beach Company, a Charleston-based real estate development firm, has commissioned a large-scale mural for Canvas Tower, the 130,000-square-foot office building located at 301 College Street, across from Heritage Green.
Award-winning Australian visual artist and photographer Guido van Helten’s photorealistic mural on the façade of the eight-story building will depict an unnamed Greenville resident, whose identity is expected to be revealed within the first couple weeks as the mural progresses.
According to van Helten, who visited Greenville and met with a variety of community leaders earlier this year, the mural concept explores connectivity, diversity and unity in Greenville, using the history of integration in education as a unifying symbolic theme. The design references the history of desegregation and integration of schools in Greenville County and suggests themes around the value one teacher can have across many generations.
The project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2020.
View the Mural Project Summary Presentation
ARIA SCULPTURE TO BE MOVED AND REPAINTED
One of Greenville’s most distinctive pieces of public art will soon have a new home AND a new look! Aria, the yellow abstract painted steel sculpture by artist Michael Neil Jacobsen, is scheduled to be relocated from the Waco F. Childers, Jr. Garden on Stone Avenue to the Sue Simpson Garden at 16 Cleveland Street. Additionally, with the artist’s approval, the City has hired a local vendor to repaint the sculpture a vibrant sapphire blue. The process will take approximately 4-6 weeks and afterward, the vendor will reinstall the sculpture at its new location.
Commissioned by the City in 2007, Aria resembles a skein of tumbled ribbon, with S-like shapes that are bent, twisted and formed into curved complex loops. The sculpture’s title is an opera term that refers to an elaborate melody sung by a single voice, usually with instrumental accompaniment.
The sculpture Aria will be repainted and moved this summer to a new location, the Sue Simpson garden on Cleveland Street.
Rendering of Aria, showing how it will look after repainting
Public Art Walking Tour
Take a walking or scenic driving tour through the city of Greenville and discover a diverse collection of public artwork.
The City's Arts in Public Places walking tour application is a great resource for discovering the unique artwork that complements the city's continued growth. The tour provides a map of the city, photographs of the city's artwork and detailed descriptions.
View the City of Greenville Public Art Walking Tour on your computer, iPad, tablet or mobile device.
Mice on Main
On the hunt for a fun, kid-friendly activity? See if you can find all nine of the small bronze mice hidden along the five blocks of Main Street, between the Hyatt Regency and the Westin Poinsett hotels. Use the Mice on Main Hints (PDF) for additional help on your scavenger hunt. Let the chase begin!
The Arts in Public Places Artists Registry is an online registration tool for artists and design professionals interested in working on public art projects in the city of Greenville. Please complete the online registration form to become a member. The registry is open to all artists nationally.
Application for the Placement of Public Art
If you are interested in placing a public art piece, please fill out the Application for the Placement of Public Art.
Arts in Public Places Commission
The Arts in Public Places Commission evaluates and recommends specific pieces of art for placement throughout the City; develops, adopts, and periodically revises a plan for the identification of strategic sites for the placement of objects of public art; establishes partnerships and funding opportunities for public art; and promotes awareness of art, and public art in particular, in the community. For more information or to apply to serve on the Commission, please visit the City’s Boards and Commissions.