Annual Art in Public Spaces Sculptures Positioned Downtown

Adam Garey, Deflection, Art in Public Places, Knoxville, Arpil 2019

Each spring in east Tennessee we are privy to a beautiful transformation. Daffodils spring up, soon we enjoy the Redbuds, followed by the Dogwoods. Sure, we have our share (or more) of pollen accompanying each shift in foliage, but the beauty offsets the pain.

In the midst of the natural transformation, we have a man-made shifting of the seasons as Dogwood Arts and Art in Public Places removes the previous year’s sculptures and replaces them with fresh, often interesting, new works. The works are spread around the region, but the largest number are positioned downtown, mostly in Krutch Park.

Charlie Brouwer, At Home With Higher Thoughts, Art in Public Places, Knoxville, April 2019

Coral Lamber, Space Diamond, Art in Public Places, Knoxville, April 2019

Coral Lamber, Space Diamond, Art in Public Places, Knoxville, April 2019

Douglas Gruizenga, An Acient Relic from Our Distant Future, Art in Public Places, Knoxville, April 2019

Sculptor John Douglas Powers served as this year’s judge. Jacob Stanley served as chair of the committee this year and sponsors included Central Business Improvement District, Commercial Metals Inc, Downtown Knoxville Alliance, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority,  ORNL Federal Credit Union, Prestige Cleaners, UT Gardens, and Zoo Knoxville. Kate Creason with Dogwood Arts also works to bring the sculptures to our city.

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Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (4/21 – 4/30/2019)

Rossini Festival, Knoxville, April 2019

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Urban Brother and Urban Boy, Rossini Festival, Knoxville, April 2019

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Next Step Initiative: Grass Roots Help for Those Most in Need

In less than two years, sisters Rebecca Parr and Addie Arbach (known on the street as "Miss Addie") have transformed an idea into a successful intervention on the streets of Knoxville. Next Step Initiative, their state-registered non-profit … [Continue reading]

Plans for the new OliBea, Merchants of Beer and a Bit More

Several projects underway in and near the Old City are moving forward through the design phase, obtaining required approvals and nearing construction. It sometimes seems nothing is being done on announced projects when, in fact, a lot of work has to … [Continue reading]

Earthfest, Earth Day and More

The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970. With a focus on the environment and environmental action, it is widely accepted to mark the beginning of the modern environmental movement and much of our major national environmental legislation … [Continue reading]