Suwanee adds to art collection

SUWANEE -- Two sculptures from the 2012 Suwanee SculpTour have been purchased by the city's Public Arts Commission.

The pieces of art, "Audubon" by Jim Collins and "Wind Sculpture Weathervane" by Al Garnto, were bought using privately donated funds, a city news release said. They have been displayed at Town Center Park, but will move to Sims Lake Park in the next couple of weeks.

Collins is a Tennessee resident and Garnto is from Blairsville. Garnto's piece was chosen as this collection's People's Choice winner as part of the 15-piece SculpTour exhibit.

Denise Brinson, the city's economic and community development director said the art makes Suwanee more interesting.

"SculpTour has given us a jumpstart on our public art collection," she said. "It gives us a way to test out pieces before we buy them, to figure out how well they hold up and what it takes to maintain them."

SculpTour is a walkable public art exhibit that ended last month. It also includes an audio tour recorded as a podcast that explains more information about each piece. The next installment is scheduled to open on May 18 and will run through March 2015. In July, the city unveiled "Mother and Child" from the 2011 SculpTour in front of City Hall after it was purchased from a New Jersey artist.