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These public art installations are presented in partnership with the College of Charleston School of the Arts Sculpture Department.

Where & When

Locations vary. Free admission and parking. Installations are on view during daylight hours from April 29-May 31, 2020. INSTALLATIONS CANCELLED

Dream Snails by Sallye Rosenberg

Greenspace in front of former North Charleston Fire Dept. Station #6, 8100 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406
Though in the natural world the common snail is too small and camouflaged to get much notice, this trio of shell-dwelling creatures is hard to miss. Created using mesh and paper mache techniques and coated in resin, these larger than life snails are painted with interesting patterns in bright, unnatural colors.

Freedman by Paris Stream-Dau

Greenspace at intersection of Lackawanna Avenue and Mixson Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Established in 1871 as a settlement for freedmen, Liberty Hill is the oldest surviving neighborhood in North Charleston. This installation consists of four steel arches in honor of the four founders of Liberty Hill, Ishmael Grant, Aaron Middleton, Plenty Lecque, and William Lecque. Viewers are invited to walk the path beneath the arches while contemplating the area’s history, the forward movement representing the progress from past to future.

Our Garden City by Halie Niedenstein

Greenspace at intersection of East Montague Avenue & Spruill Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
This sculpture, made of steel and transparent colored panels, features a large circle positioned at the center with smaller circles radiating from it. The design was inspired by the Garden City movement, a method of urban planning design that consisted of self-contained communities surrounded by “greenbelts” planned on a concentric pattern. The location of the installation is significant in that North Charleston’s Park Circle was founded in 1912 as a Garden City.

Passage by Jonathan Varnell

Palmetto Gardens Park, East Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Resembling a large sundial, this abstract sculpture represents the passage of time. The minimalist design allows the viewer to interpret the piece in several ways, with the angles and negative space creating interesting shadows that change as the day passes.

Traverse by Zackary Kerr-Dunn

North Charleston Fire Museum & Educational Center Grounds, 4975 Centre Pointe Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
A mysterious stone monument holds at its center a beautiful blue gem. What secrets and powers does it hold? Inspired by the backstory of one of the artists’ Dungeons and Dragons characters, this mystical piece shines a light on the realm of fantasy and encourages the viewer to use their imagination when approaching the world around them.

Tsuwabuki by Skyler Lee

Quarterman’s Lake at Buist Avenue and Spruill Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
The tsuwabuki plant, also known as leopard plant, is an evergreen native to Japan. It can also be found here in the Lowcountry. Using this plant as inspiration, the artist created a steel sculpture that offers both beauty and function. The bottom leaves can be used as a bench while the top leaves provide shade.

Untwine by Natalea-Rae Gibbons

Traffic Circle at Wescott Blvd. and Oak Forest Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29485
This sculpture is inspired by both the structure and movement of the tumbleweed. Though each tendril of a tumbleweed is fragile on its own, they create a steel-like armor when tangled together. The complexity of the tumbleweed’s interwoven parts is simplified to a spiraling arrangement of hollow beams made of steel. Although static, the beams appear to shift as the viewer moves around the piece.