Early in 2008, the City of Hickory's Public Art Commission began the search for local artists to participate in a new program called "Art On The Bench". Artists submitted designs for the benches and the PAC made 21 colorful choices. The benches are now complete and placed at various locations around Hickory.
Here are the first 4 benches located in beautiful downtown Hickory on Union Square. I will be sharing the other benches in Part 2 and Part 3 since I am still trying to locate them all..
Vickie Jo Franks created this folk
art sun and floral design. It's hard to
see in my photo but it reads "Please Do Not Litter" on the bottom of the bench.
Matthew Ninemire painted this bench with musical symbols and overlapping concentric circles.
This is probably one of my favorite benches since I love dogs..
The artist is Tom Perkins and he reminds us to Adopt from The Catawba County Animal Shelter.
This bench was designed and painted by Jeff Morgan. It portrays a downtown sidewalk with cracks and a fire hydrant.
Hickory Public Art Commission Chairman David Zagaroli said "it was such a success that we are planning to have a Phase 2 of "Art on the Bench. That's great to know, maybe I will enter the next one and STAGE my bench..
Enjoy and come back for the rest of the benches...
"Art On The Bench Program" Hickory NC photos by C. Gilliam
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