One of the temporary public art pieces currently in Roswell may become a permanent fixture for the city, as long as the community can raise $10,000.
The Roswell Downtown Development Authority recently donated $10,000 in funding toward keeping Sentience in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street. It is one of 10 new sculptures featured in this year’s ArtRound Roswell Sculpture Tour.
The nine-month tour features 13 sculptures in each of Roswell’s parks, including two permanent sculptures which were bought last year – Smoke and Oak Leaf Triptych. The remaining pieces will disappear, unless someone opts to buy them.
The Roswell Arts Fund, which created ArtAround Roswell, has been raising funds to purchase some of the current sculptures through its Keep the Art! campaign. Now, the Downtown Development Authority has stepped up to the plate to aid in the effort.
Downtown Development Authority Chairman Randy Schultz said the donation is in part a way to create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for the downtown business district.
“We are committed to creating inviting gathering spaces and enriching social experiences,” Schultz said. “Sentience, as the focal point of the Heart of Roswell Park, mirrors the optimism, hospitality and charm of the city, and we would like to see this work of art remain permanently in this location.”