Public Art

Keep Gastonia Beautiful’s Art Committee is a citizen’s volunteer group dedicated to providing an interactive opportunity for all age groups, creating excitement and interest for the downtown community.

For more than 40 years, Keep Gastonia Beautiful has made it their sole mission to make our City a more beautiful place for us to live, enjoy, and be proud of. They’ve done it by planting trees & flowers; helping to keep our city clean and reminding us to likewise, recognizing homes with enviable yards, helping us to recycle and mulch, decorating our streets and public areas for special occasions; and, perhaps most importantly, teaching our children the value of preserving our environment and natural resources. Over the past 10 years, they’ve added another goal to the list: installing public art throughout our Center City to not only create attractive landmarks but also to inspire and motivate us as we visit the heart of our City.
 

“Great Place to Bee”
With the completion of the FUSE District and the new multi-use stadium with a team called the Honey Hunters, we were motivated to create ways to flourish our downtown with public art and education on bees. We are currently looking for an artist who could fabricate bee-inspired art piece(s) as a creative way for Keep Gastonia Beautiful to showcase its Bee City USA affiliation.  This will allow us to better educate our community about the importance of bees and pollinators through public art.  This project, titled “Great Place to Bee” has the potential to create a buzz of excitement and interest for our new $26.2-million-dollar multi-use stadium.  The new art installation will be located near the new stadium, Home of the Honey Hunters, which is fitting for a bee-themed piece.  

We are currently searching for artists to complete this project, please click the link below to learn more about the process.
Request for Proposals (RFQ) 2022 - Great Place to Bee: Postmark deadline for application materials is  Friday, January 28, 2022. 

 
 
Bronze Statue
Location: Outside of the Gastonia City Hall, 181 S. South Street
Keep Gastonia Beautiful presented this statue to the City of Gastonia in honor of Keep Gastonia Beautiful’s 30th Anniversary on November 1, 2007.
This statue was purchased, and not a commissioned piece.
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Ghillie Dhu’s Enchantment “Tree Spirit”
Location: Main Street, Gastonia
Commissioned art piece by Harry McDaniel
Dedicated 11/9/2010

Using a tree as the basis for the design came at the suggestion of the public art selection committee to emphasize trees as a significant part of Gastonia's character and identity. As I explored various designs I became intrigued by the challenge of developing a sculpture that would move in the wind. I have made many mobiles and some smaller kinetic sculptures, but this will be my largest outdoor kinetic piece. I think that the temporary park is a great location for such a sculpture due to its easy pedestrian access and variety of viewpoints. The design is a very abstract tree form, fabricated in aluminum. The "trunk" and "branches" are gracefully curved and tapered. When at rest, Ghillie Dhu’s Enchantment is a glistening tree-like form. As a breeze sets it’s “branches” in motion, the irregular, gliding movements suggest something magical. The title refers to a guardian spirit of trees in Scottish folklore. The Scottish source is appropriate to Gastonia, since many of the area’s original settlers were Scottish.
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Discursus “To and Fro” in Latin
Location: Heritage Park at the corner of Second Avenue and Marietta Street
Commissioned art piece by David Wilson of Greensboro, NC
Dedicated 2/23/17

This City owned lot was approved for utilization for KGB by the Gastonia City Council as a Pocket Park. Discursus is a public art piece to remind us of the pivotal role that the railroads and the textile industry played in our past and how our past intertwines with the present to point us ever upward to our future. Local railroad ties were donated by NC DOT Rail Division. The artist, David felt these local rails would produce the very essence and spirit of this original piece. This piece speaks to the rail industry to transport people and resources from one point to another and also metaphorically for the movement of weaving “back and forth”.
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Beetopia Mural
Location: Located within the Gastonia Farmers Market (410 E. Long Avenue)
Inspiration for this mural came from the BEEtopia Zen-Tangle design (a form of meditative doodling that has abstract patterns, or tangles) that had been purchased for Keep Gastonia Beautiful. BEEtopia design is optimal for adaptation to a large, vibrant mural. The following artists generously volunteered their time and talents for this collaborative project: Tiz Johnston, Suzanne Simmons, Lisa Livengood, & Pamela Underwood.
 

“Essence of honey bee and the colorful flight gathering pollen was a natural choice for the color pallet. Nature sustains all life on earth while, at the same time, providing visual beauty for all to enjoy.” – Pamela Underwood, Artist

With an unBEElievably generous grant from the Gaston Community Foundation and support by Keep Gastonia Beautiful staff, the artists were able to create this work of art that captures a segment of nature.

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Offices for Keep Gastonia Beautiful are located at the Garland Municipal Business Center at 150 S. York Street on the second floor.

Contact Information:
Garland Municipal Business Center
150 S. York Street, Gastonia, NC 28052
(PO Box 1748, Gastonia, NC 28053-1748)
704.869.1938(business)
704.866.6067 (fax)

 

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