Posts from the ‘Art’ category

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

“Il Porcellino” (Italian “piglet”) is the local Florentine nickname for the bronze fountain of a boar on South Main Street. The plaque on the front reads:

“Il Porcellino”

The original bronze wild boar, “Il Porcellino” was placed in the Mercato Nuovo in Florence, Italy by Pietro Tacca in 1612.

Legend has it that if you place a coin in the boar’s mouth and it falls into the grate below, your wish will be granted.

Also, rubbing his nose will bring good luck and guarantee a return trip to “Il Porcellino”

Presented
25 October 2011
by
Young friends of Florence
Greenville, South Carolina

Inspired Tires

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The Inspired Tires project by Michelin challenged a school or organization to convert ordinary tires into extraordinary works of art for a possible prize. The theme is how the Upstate celebrates international inclusion. The project above was submitted by the Monarch Elementary School. View all the entries this month in person at the Hughes Main Library and vote for your favorite project at Michelin’s Inspired Tires web site.

Inspired Tires

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The Inspired Tires project by Michelin challenged a school or organization to convert ordinary tires into extraordinary works of art for a possible prize. The theme is how the Upstate celebrates international inclusion. The project above was submitted by Patricia Thomas. View all the entries this month in person at the Hughes Main Library and vote for your favorite project at Michelin’s Inspired Tires web site.

Crossroads

Photo by Mike NIce

Photo by Mike NIce

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.

Mauldin Mural

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

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.

See a 3 minute time lapse of the mural’s creation over an eight hour period.

The Runner

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

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.

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“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!

GREENVILLE TRACK CLUB

Artwork at the Aloft Hotel

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

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.

Some of the artwork in the WXYZ lounge.

"Bowling ball" sculptures on the Laurens Street  lobby entrance.

“Bowling ball” sculptures on the Laurens Street lobby entrance.