A mile of statues to be displayed on Hilton Head

tbarton@islandpacket.comSeptember 18, 2013 

A spirited woman with swept-back hair boldly stands on the bow of a boat that rises from the marsh.

Colorado artist Jane DeDecker's "Into the Wind" is one of 20 outdoor sculptures being installed this week on the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island.

The works from local, regional and national artists were chosen from more than 500 submissions for the island's second Public Art Exhibition. The exhibition begins Saturday and is presented by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

The "Around the Horn" exhibit follows a nearly mile-long trail, with views and access to two boardwalks over Jarvis Creek, then meanders through woods and a butterfly enclosure.

The foundation created a Public Art Fund in 2006 to buy and place art in public spaces, beginning with the bronze statue of Sea Pines founder Charles Fraser at Compass Rose Park on Pope Avenue. The first exhibit was in 2011 and new exhibits open every two years.

Organizers hope to raise awareness of the arts, add to civic pride and enhance the island's cultural and aesthetic appeal, said Carolyn Torgersen, foundation vice president of marketing and communication.

"Art belongs in our everyday environment where we can bump into it and where it can unexpectedly alter our day and our world," Torgersen said Wednesday at a news conference to announce the exhibit.

Curator-guided tours of the sculptures, educational opportunities for adults and youth, and a clay-molding class also will be available, she said.

A jury has been assembled to select one piece for purchase and installation at one of five sites approved earlier by the town for public art.

Greenville, N.C., artist Jonathan Bowling's "Family" was chosen during the 2011 exhibition. The $20,000 sculpture was purchased by the foundation, donated to the town and installed in a grassy spot overlooking Broad Creek, off William Hilton Parkway near Shelter Cove Community Park.

The sculptures are created with a variety of materials, including aluminum, wood, bronze and marble, and represent a variety of styles.

Ohio artist Megan Mosholder, her mother, a friend and two students from Hilton Head Christian Academy spent Wednesday on "Gossamer." They painted, and hung 10,000 feet of nylon, glow-in-the-dark twine in crossed patterns designed to evoke ocean waves.

"I was thinking how when you look down the beach at the ocean you see a large swell and then a smaller swell," Mosholder said

For Mosholder, who is attending her first artist residency at The Wassaic Project in Upstate New York, the exhibition is the first large-scale, public showcase of her work.

"It's always cool to have more people come in and experience your work," she said.


If You Go

You can stroll the grounds or participate in a docent-led tour of 20 outdoor sculptures at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, beginning Saturday and running through Dec. 31. Admission is free. The exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can also dial 843-264-7039 to access audio guides on their cellphone.

Visitors can also vote for their favorite piece on-site or at hhipublicart.org. The artist with the most votes will be awarded a cash prize and special recognition.

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