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Downtown Greenway Showcases Artists' Proposals for New Public Art

Post Date:10/15/2019 5:27 PM

The Downtown Greenway has chosen four artists as finalists for the Freedom Cornerstone , to be built near Murrow Boulevard and Gate City Boulevard. Presentations from each of the artists about their work and their vision for designing the Freedom Cornerstone if selected are free and open to the public.

Community feedback will be considered as the Art Selection Panel makes its decision about the selected artist.  All meetings will be held at the Historic Magnolia House, 442 Gorrell St.  The dates are as follows:

This fourth and final Cornerstone commission is the Freedom Cornerstone. The theme of “Freedom” is inspired by the City’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, especially the non-violent protests of the pivotal 1960 Greensboro lunch-counter sit-ins that served as a catalyst to the larger movement. Racial justice and equity have played an important role in shaping our city and defining its identity. The selected artist are asked to explore this history as well as consider what Freedom means today as they conceive of a vision for the artwork. The site for this Cornerstone is located in the southeast corner of the Downtown Greenway’s four-mile loop - at the northeast corner of the intersection of Murrow Boulevard and East Gate City Boulevard.

In addition to the artwork, the artist will be responsible for the design of the entire site and will oversee its installation, including landscape features, lighting, walkways and paths. 

Sixty-five artists submitted qualifications for this call to artists and the Downtown Greenway Public Art Selection Panel along with the Freedom Cornerstone Focus Group narrowed the list to 11 semi-finalists who were interviewed by phone. The 11 candidates were narrowed down to four who are travelling to Greensboro for site visits and the opportunity to present to the public.  

Project Manager Dabney Sanders notes, “We are incredibly excited about embarking on the creation of this fourth and final cornerstone that marks such an important part of Greensboro’s history and future.  The number and quality of artists who applied was impressive and we look forward to meeting the artists in person as we make this decision.”

The final artist will be selected in December of this year with work beginning on the design following site visits in January and February. Additional public meetings will be scheduled to review the proposed design. Installation is expected in the fall of 2020.

If you have questions, contact Dabney Sanders at 336-387-8353.