The Public Art Endowment (PAE), an initiative of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina, has agreed to select the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) as the site of the next public artwork project for the endowment. This is a partnership to create an amazing outdoor artwork for the renovated entry plaza of the GSC facility located on Lawndale Drive in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The collaboration between the GSC and the PAE meets the common goal of placing public art that benefits Greensboro’s cultural and economic landscape. This, in turn, spreads the considerable impact of public art to other areas and populations of Greensboro while honoring the importance of the new Battleground Park District and the GSC’s central role in this revitalization effort.
The PAE and the GSC want a work of art that represents and highlights how science and art can be intertwined — a symbiotic relationship that has produced some of the most exciting, thought-provoking, interactive and visually-pleasing sculpture in the world today. Descriptors for the project include: kinetic, playful, child-friendly, wayfinding, approachable, and interactive (with moving or touchable parts) or reactive (with parts that cast shadows to play in or surfaces for light to reflect off).
The initial budget for this work is $400,000 inclusive of the final design, engineering, insurance, fabrication, storage, transportation, installation of the sculpture, and a maintenance endowment fund.
The outcome is a fully-integrated piece of sculpture that will be a visual, wayfinding and spectacular addition to the GSC and the City of Greensboro’s collection of public art.