GREENSBORO — LeBauer Park, known for its colorful Janet Echelman sculptural net billowing above its Great Lawn and other artistry, has added to its art collection.
On Friday and Monday, the downtown park at 208 N. Davie St. added four pieces by Jim Gallucci, Vandorn Hinnant and Jonathan Bowling. A fifth will be installed later.
They will be on loan for one year as the first temporary Art in the Park exhibition.
“The Public Art Endowment always tried to add art to the landscape of Greensboro, and hopes that the park community loves these works like we do,” said Cheryl Stewart, consultant to the Public Art Endowment of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.
Rob Overman, executive director of Greensboro Downtown Parks, wanted to bring more sculpture to the Carolyn & Maurice LeBauer Park.
Overman asked Stewart for assistance.
The Public Art Endowment offered expertise, loan agreement information and connections to the artists. Greensboro Downtown Parks, a nonprofit that partners with with city and runs LeBauer and Center City parks, financed the project.
“Rob and I wanted to see what people thought about those pieces, and having more art in the park,” Stewart said.
They hope to plan for more art next year.
The obelisk-shaped sculpture by Durham artist Vandorn Hinnant pays tribute to abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman.
One of its four sides reads, “I, Harriet Tubman stand for the freedom of any enslaved people.”
Hinnant grew up in the Ole Asheboro neighborhood. His sculpture decorates the Downtown Greenway there.
Local artist Jim Gallucci, known around the country and beyond for his metal sculpture, installed a bright pink bench shaped like an oak leaf.
“The color looks so good in Carolyn’s Garden, with those roses,” Stewart said.
On Monday, Bowling brought three pieces from Greenville.
Bowling uses found metal objects and scrap metal to create pieces put together in whimsical ways. His horses and cow have appeared at the Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Two alligators made from scrap chain quickly gained attention from pedestrians.
“We wanted them near the splash pad,” Stewart said.
A towering steel flower will be installed later.