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Art in the park
'Butterfly Girl' sculpture installed at Sims Lake Park

SUWANEE - For the next four months, this 4-foot girl will be at Sims Lake Park every day.

"Butterfly Girl," a bronze sculpture by Cumming artist Gregory Johnson, has been installed under a shade tree near the top of the stone streamscape at the park at 4600 Suwanee Dam Road. The sculpture, on loan to the city for four months through The Arts Council Inc. of Gainesville, exemplifies Suwanee's efforts to promote public arts throughout the community, officials said.

"We're thrilled to have this statue on loan and on display at one of our community's most popular parks," said Denise Brinson, economic and community development director. "This is a realization of the kind of public visibility of art that we hope to foster throughout the city."

Last year, the city established a City Council-appointed, seven-member Public Arts Commission to encourage the display of art in public spaces.

Johnson, the sculptor, has created public art works that are located in communities across Georgia. Additionally, his artwork is included among numerous museums and corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Costa Rica and the Middle East. On his Web site, Johnson says his work "reflects the strong European tradition of a softly detailed surface quality, while expressing the energy and vitality of contemporary life."

Installation of the sculpture was made possible through a grant to The Arts Council through the Grassroots Arts program, which is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Butterfly Girl" is available for purchase for $7,500.