This sculpture by artist Joey Manson on the Public Art Trail at the Mauldin Cultural Center captures the theme of crossroads – both past and present. The Artist’s statement –
The theme of ‘Crossroads’ led me to research the history of the area and the origins of Mauldin. I discovered a map describing Mauldin’s historical borders drawn as a circle with a 1/2 mile radius centered on the original train depot. I became interested in this circular border and the crossroads formed by 107 [East Butler Road] intersecting with 276 & the railroad. The resulting shape I also found to resemble that of an impeller or a propeller, an object of great importance to the economy of Mauldin over the years. They were first found producing power from the river at nearby mills and then during WWII powering airplanes at [Donaldson Center] Air Force Base. The theme of crossroads thus led me from the roads and railway that first gave rise to Mauldin to the modern industry and development that encircles Mauldin and drives today’s economy. I added the curved, green beams to symbolize these dynamic forces that surround and connect Mauldin today. The grey beam I see as the railroad, still present, running straight through town and still working today.
This mural by Mauldin High senior Celine Crum is located on the wall of the Mauldin Cultural Center. It was inspired by Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”, and is her service project for the Emerging Public Leaders Program at Furman University. It was painted in one day with help from student and community volunteers.
The sculpture The Runner by Kathleen King along the Swamp Rabbit trail was officially dedicated last week. Runners regularly run past the sculpture “like the wind” down the trail.
There is an accompanying trailside marker that remembers Greenville Track Club member Darrell Jennewine, along with a bronzed pair of his last running shoes.
“The Runner” sculpture-lovingly dubbed “Ethyl” by her creators-celebrates the love of running. Origins of the name relate to “of the air” and running “like the wind.”
It is dedicated to the memory of Darrell Jennewine of the Greenville Track Club for his many contributions to the Greenville and Upstate running community. His last pair of running shoes are here under the bench. He as an “A+” for all of us who love running!
The Aloft Hotel in downtown Greenville is considered a boutique hotel. One of the things that makes it unique is that it is stocked with original artwork such as this chalkboard wall in the main lobby which was created by students at the Governors School for the Arts in Greenville.
Some of the artwork in the WXYZ lounge.
“Bowling ball” sculptures on the Laurens Street lobby entrance.
A new sculpture, the “Rose Crystal Tower” by artist Dale Chihuly was dedicated last month, in the newly designated “Harriet’s Garden” in the West End at the entrance to Falls Park. The garden and sculpture are a fitting tribute to the late Harriet Smith Wyche, who loved roses, gardening, and was a driving force behind the making of Falls Park.
The rose crystal petals are made of Polyvitro, an invention of Chihuly’s which is especially suited for sculptures and more durable than glass.
This mural on the Rite Aid at the corner of North Main and Stone Avenue was painted last year by the Stone Academy fifth grade class under the direction of their Art Instructor, Eric Benjamin. It is a Greenville take of the artist Georges Seurat’s "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte".
The local elements place the scene in Falls Park on the banks of the Reedy River, with Shoeless Joe Jackson in the foreground, and bicyclists and Yoga activities along with the typical afternoon Falls Park views.
These murals are painted on the SaveMart at the gateway to the Poe Mill community as part of the community revitalization. Elements of the murals were suggested by the F.W. Poe Textile Heritage Society to tie them into the community’s past as a center of textile production.
The murals were painted by Adam Schrimmer, with community members assisting under his direction.