Because of the upcoming launch of our Art Lake City app we’ve been talking a lot about public art in the capital city. But of course Salt Lake isn’t the only Utah town that invests in public art. For the past 8 years, Art Around the Corner has served as a conduit for the introduction of new sculptures to St. George, thanks to the generosity of many artists who allow their pieces to be displayed during a one year outdoor exhibition. During that year, sculptures may be enjoyed and purchased, with proceeds helping to continue the annual exhibit. The opportunity to see and acquire new sculptures has enriched both the collections of private collectors and local organizations and municipalities, such as the purchase of Dan Hill’s sculpture “Little Squirt” by the City of St. George last year.
St. George’s Art Around the Corner 2012
The sculptures on the streets and corners of downtown St. George tell the story of the city. Some art pieces represent important figures and events in the history of St. George and others bring delight, whimsy, or contemplation. New pieces include a large train sculpture titled “The Dixie Express” filled with lively characters by Matt Clark, and the 2011 favorite “Puffed-Up Prince” by Gary Lee Price will be joined by the “Puffed-Up Princess.” Other participating sculptors include L’Deane Trueblood, David Turner, Ronny Walker, Dan Toone and Brady Fairbanks, among others.”The 2012 Exhibit holds some wonderful new surprises, ” said current chair Shannon Jensen. “We are extremely fortunate to have so many talented sculptors participate this year, and we are excited to provide an opportunity to display their work.”A guide for the walking tour is available on the website www.ArtAroundTheCorner.org, and in paper form on Town Square, on Zions Bank Plaza on Main Street, and at the St. George Chamber of Commerce.