Suwanee names artist for City Hall display

SUWANEE - The Suwanee Public Arts Commission Tuesday night named the artist whose creation will adorn the new City Hall building.

Koryn Ralstad, a Seattle artist, was selected from about 100 other artists who submitted their ideas for consideration. Ralstad's large, dramatic works are displayed throughout the world.

"Shimmering Echoes," as Ralstad's design for Suwanee City Hall is named, is a vast, sweeping metal and cable work, featuring both colors and holographic elements.

"It makes a strong statement, monumental in scale," said Dick Goodman, a member of the Public Arts Commission. "It will certainly raise the bar for public art in Suwanee, maybe in Gwinnett County and possibly even in the state of Georgia."

Artists' conceptual submissions were judged based on originality, appropriateness, sustainability and price, among other considerations.

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to give Mayor Dave Williams approval to enter into a contract with Ralstad on behalf of the city in the amount of $78,000.

Art on a Limb back again this year

Williams announced during Tuesday's council meeting that, during the month of May, two pieces of art will be placed along the Suwanee Creek Greenway and in Sims Lake Park each day. Park patrons who find the art keep the pieces.

This year, the featured art will be decorative magnets, each decoratively framed and containing an historic Suwanee photo. Last year, painted gourds were the featured pieces for Art on a Limb.

PACT program recognized

Suwanee's PACT (Police and Citizens Together) program was recognized in the April issue of Police Chief magazine. The program partners police officers with residents and businesses to encourage awareness and front-line defense against crime.