Colorful exhibit comes to Suwanee

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

SUWANEE -- A new, colorful addition to Suwanee City Hall comes courtesy of Seattle-based artist Koryn Rolstad, whose work is displayed all over the world.

The suspended sculpture, called Shimmering Echoes, was installed last weekend in the building's foyer. The 240-pound sculpture includes 12 groupings suspended from railroad-inspired aluminum track frames, a city official said, and 1,900 elliptical-shaped eco-resin elements in almost every color imaginable.

Rolstad described her work as "a watercolor in the sky" and said she hopes that people will see the art as an integral part of the building.

"I hope that it becomes iconic; that people will bring out-of-town relatives to City Hall to see the artwork," she said.

The sculpture and installation cost $78,000.

Since the formation of the Public Arts Commission in 2008, Suwanee has strongly encouraged developers to spend 1 percent of construction costs on public art.

Economic and Community Development Director Denise Brinson said that once City Hall was under construction, she knew they had to lead by example.

"We truly believe that public art is an essential element of Suwanee becoming not just a great place to live, but a world-class community," Brinson said. "When you think of great cities, they all have public art as an integral component."

The city will dedicate the sculpture at 6 p.m. March 25. Rolstad and Tad Leithead, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, will be guest speakers.

The event is free and open to the public.