City previews new sculpture garden

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A new sculpture by Gregory Johnson will be installed in the arts district during late July or early August. (Courtesy the City of Williamsburg)
A new sculpture by Gregory Johnson will be installed in the arts district during late July or early August. (Courtesy the City of Williamsburg)

Last July, 22 sculptures by 12 different artists were installed in the City of Williamsburg’s arts district, where Richmond Road meets Lafayette Street. The program was part of a city-driven effort to raise the visibility of the district through public art.

One year later, as the city’s 2015 outdoor art installation comes to an end, one sculpture was named the “People’s Choice” winner and will be purchased by the city for permanent display.

According to a news release from the city, the selection went to “Commitment” by Derek Chalfant. Following the close of the exhibit, the piece will be moved to the lawn of the Stryker Center in City Square.

In addition, the Triangle Arts and Culture League, Inc. purchased “Lars the Lion” and “Zak the Yak” by Michael Bednar for the city’s collection. A second piece by Derek Chalfant, “Flower,” will remain for a second year as part of the upcoming 2016 outdoor art installation.

According to Deputy Planning Director, Carolyn Murphy, the 2016 art exhibition will be installed as a group to create a sculpture garden. Artists contributing to the new installation are Matt Amante, Michael Bednar, Gregory Johnson and Jordan Parah. The outdoor art will be installed in the arts district in late July or early August.

All of the works will be for sale, with the city receiving a commission on works that are sold.