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Editorial: New sculpture along trail adds flair to city

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Today, Greenwood will officially unveil the second round of sculpture displayed along the Polk Hill Trail.

One work will be a braided set of metal beams, simple yet evocative. Another is an alien-looking rural centerpiece balanced on geometric frames. Finally, a series of towers arranged in a hexagon will speak to humanity’s order and uniqueness.

The three new sculptures will be officially unveiled today, coinciding with a communitywide celebration of creativity. Arts Alive! will feature demonstrations and classes in visual art, music, dance, quilting and cartoon illustration.

Local residents will be able to hike the art trail and take a guided tour of the three new pieces of art, speaking with the creators themselves.

“One of the main reasons we’re here is to showcase the local arts. This is an opportunity and the way to do that,” said Angela Stelljes, board member for the Greater Greenwood Arts Council. “People are going to find out what’s in their backyard as far as the arts.”

The art trail was created as a partnership between the Greater Greenwood Arts Council and the city’s parks department. Artwork from all over the country was solicited to add flair to a well-traveled stretch of trail in the heart of the city. Three pieces were installed in 2012 and displayed until this spring. Ongoing sponsors and a $5,000 commitment from the Greenwood Park Board allowed the program to continue for a second round with new sculptures.

The three new sculptures will be on display until 2016.

“I don’t know of a whole lot of sculpture trails or paths anywhere around here,” said Quincy Owens, a Greenwood artist who created one of the sculptures. “It’s great to see the culture that’s really centralized in Indianapolis is beginning to spread out into the suburbs. ...

“It’s nice to feel supported in your own backyard. There aren’t a lot of ways I’m able to be supported in Greenwood just because it’s not a huge area market. To have this setup and be a part of it is really great.”

We heartily agree. Public art truly enhances a community and serves several purposes. One, it makes the works more accessible. People don’t have to go to a museum to see them. In fact, many people will see the works as they drive by while running errands or commuting or use the trail for jogging or walking.

Second, it gives the community character and enriches the lives of its residents.

Third, it celebrates the creative spirit and can serve as an inspiration to the people who stop and ponder the works and their unspoken messages.

We congratulate Greenwood for its continued support for this wonderful project and its commitment to the arts.

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