The Hammond’s Ferry Foundation , in conjunction with the City of North Augusta, initiated a public art initiative, to provide temporary public art displays in common areas and in city parks within the community. This was conducted in cooperation with the Augusta University Fine Arts Department, overseen by sculpture professors Brian Rust and Jennifer Onofrio. Student participants were asked to consider the public spaces on either side of Crystal Lake at the community gardens, as well as Boeckh Park and the Greenway areas along Front St. With a panel of judges, consisting of Turner Simkins and Charlie Knox, from the Foundation, and Todd, Glover, Roy Kibler and Mayor Bob Petti, from the City, four initiatives were selected.
The first to be installed represents the Work of Morgan Hayes, who is an upcoming senior at AU, and is called “the community pillars.” Morgan expressed the columns are representative of strong foundations of community. Her pillars will consist of concrete brick, to be treated by Morgan and then made available to community residents to paint an dimage or expression of why Hammond’s Ferry is important to them. Morgan says, “bricks themselves represent the dreams and hopes of the many individuals and families who make up this beautiful place.” When completed, they will then be used to construct 4 brick pillars, each a little over 4 feet tall, between the Greeneway and the River, just to the east of Boeckh Park Pavillion.
On Sunday, August 19, the brick painting started at the neighborhood’s End-of Summer Splashdown and Picnic, beginning with neighborhood kids froliking in made-made rain from the North Augusta Fire Dept., following with the gathering at Boeckh Park where residents of all ages painted and shared a potluck supper. Indeed, the first few bricks were painted during the Splashdown event by visiting area medical students who had been playing games in the park. One of these visiting students stated, “while we do not live here, we feel like we are part of the community. It is such a beautiful and inviting place that just draws people in with its great design and friendly people.”
A little over half of the 100 bricks were adopted and painted at this event, with the rest to be completed by others who could not attend through the end of August. Once complete, with the help of the community Builder’s Guild, we will have the columns installed within a few days and a public ribbon cutting TBA. Then will begin announcing public art project #2! For more information about this project, please email the Neighborhood Foundation