¬†South Fulton Library Celebrates Grand Reopening with New Public Art Installations
The grand reopening of the South Fulton Library was held on September 22, 2016 and features the work of Fulton County Public Art artist Robert Witherspoon. The project is the culmination of the first phase of capital improvements in the Fulton County Library System for fiscal year 2016.
"Fulton County Arts and Culture is pleased to partner with other departments to highlight the importance of public art to enlivening a public space for all to enjoy," said Lionell Thomas, FCAC Director. The two-part installation was designed for the interior and exterior of the library and enhances South Fulton Library's identity as a "Treasure Among the Trees". The exterior work, Tree of Life, features a fifteen-foot stainless-steel tree sculpture located in the plaza, engraved with Adinkra (West African) symbols for knowledge, community, truth and learning. The interior works, Pathway to Awe, features multiple framed color photographs of nature created by South Fulton County community members and professional naturalist, Kathryn Kolb and Jessica Muhammad of Eco Addendum.
Mr. Witherspoon collaborated with EcoAddendum, an organization dedicated to helping people of all ages and backgrounds better understand the complex connections of how nature works, to organize community walks emphasizing nature photography. With over 1,000 photos submitted by more than 50 South Fulton community members, 24 stunning images by 14 photographers of all ages were selected in the creation of the photographic interior artworks Mr. Witherspoon creates sculpture, architectural metal work and art furniture and was selected as the project commissioned artist through a rigorous community selection process. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Kennesaw State University.
The Fulton County Public Art Program was initiated in 1993 when the Fulton County Board of Commissioners adopted the Arts in Public Places Resolution, which stipulates that one percent of the cost of acquisition, renovation or construction of any Fulton County building or facility must be set aside for the fabrication, installation and ongoing maintenance of public artwork.
For more information about the Department of Arts & Culture and the Public Art Program, please visit www.fultonarts.org or call 404-612-5780.