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Locations vary. Free admission and parking. Installations are on view May 1-31, during daylight hours unless otherwise noted.

Concrete Jungle by Welles Worthen

Quarterman’s Lake at Buist Avenue and Spruill Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405
This sculpture plays on the relationship between the natural and the artificial. A hollow concrete structure resembling the form of a tree stands at 12 feet tall. From its branches sprout large “leaves” that serve as planters, housing a variety of live plants and flowers.

Crystal Clear by Anna Walker

Greenspace in front of North Charleston Fire Dept. Station #6, 8100 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406
Inspired by the mysticism and beauty of crystalline solids, this large-scale structure uses steel rods and colorful shrink-wrap to form a cluster of crystals. As light shines through the translucent planes, the colors refract, contributing to the illusion that the geometric forms are glowing. Just as crystals are used to promote healing and serenity, this sculpture aims to provoke feelings of peace.

Diverse Harmony by Kristen Hurlburt

Palmetto Gardens Park, East Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Repetition, rhythm, playfulness, and perspective are central to this abstract installation. Constructed primarily of colorfully painted and organically shaped rebar, the sculpture appears different from every angle. The varying sizes and colors represent diversity, while the patterned placement creates a sense of harmony.

Jelly-Anemone Hybrid by Grace Harrison

Traffic Circle at Wescott Blvd. and Oak Forest Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29485
The artist’s fascination with aquatic life combined with an imaginative and playful approach to the scientific ideas of biodiversity and evolution result in a 10-foot tall interpretation of a hybrid between a jellyfish and a sea anemone. Solar-powered spotlights incorporated into the piece add an ethereal quality that helps the viewer to envision the possibility of an obscure and captivating aquatic world in which such a creature could exist.

Lion of the Sea by Madison Bailey

Median on International Boulevard near Charleston Area Convention, North Charleston, SC 29418
A steel frame depicting a large-scale skeleton of a Pterois, commonly known as a lionfish, appears to be partially embedded into the earth as if it was left over from prehistoric times. This species of fish is native to the Indo-Pacific, but was introduced to Atlantic waters during the 1980s. Since then, they have become extremely invasive due to the lack of predators in the Atlantic Ocean. This piece is meant to bring awareness to this current environmental issue.

Praying Mantis by Danielle Lewis

Greenspace at intersection of East Montague Avenue & Spruill Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Standing at almost 8 feet tall and constructed entirely of scrap metal, this praying mantis lends itself to the illusion that it was once an operational machine that has become rusted and stagnant over time. By visually overlapping elements of nature with an imagined apocalyptic past (or future), the artist encourages viewers to consider the relationship between the natural world, humans, and advancing technology.

Southern Couture by Aliah Fickling

Palmetto Gardens Park, East Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
The church hat is a distinct element of Southern Baptist church fashion. For many, the accessory is an expression of one’s personality and style. This installation pays homage to the culture and pageantry of the coveted church hat, featuring three large-scale versions of these unique and extravagant fashion pieces.