Franklin Public Arts Commission identifies 10 city parks for potential art displays


Franklin Public Arts Commission identifies 10 city parks for potential art displays

PHOTO: Rusty, a well-known public arts fixture located outside the Factory at Franklin.

By BROOKE WANSER

During a meeting of the recently formed Public Arts Commission at City Hall on Tuesday, commission members discussed the logistics of receiving artwork for installation and, specifically, which city parks would accept artwork displays.

Commission members worked on an application form for those who want their art showcased in the city, whether through loans or donations for exhibitions.

Measures like artistic value, site location, safety and maintenance, and relationship to the city as a whole will be weighed.

Eligible artwork will be visual, such as sculptures, mosaics, murals or frescoes, and will be mounted in exterior locations.

Art on residential property will be ineligible, as well as anything considered distasteful, or reproductions, among other criteria.

Applications should be ready for distribution to the community by mid-summer, said commission chair Ellie Westman Chin, also the president and chief executive officer of the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

City parks Director Lisa Clayton drove around the city’s parks to pinpoint locations for artwork in the following locations:

  • Jim Warren Park
  • Bicentennial Park, Rest Haven Cemetery, City Cemetery
  • Del Rio Park
  • Fieldstone Park
  • The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
  • Eastern Flank Battlefield Park
  • Pinkerton Park
  • Old Liberty Pike Neighborhood Park
  • Liberty Park
  • Southeast Municipal Complex Park (currently being designed).

Westman Chin said commission members split up into groups and drove around each of the city’s four wards last month.

Their mission was twofold: One, to identify sites that would be ideal for public art and, two, to identify locations that already have public arts. They took photos for both.

That list will be compiled over the next two months, but Westman Chin said her group drove through Ward 4, identifying 20 to 25 sites for possible art displays. Though the commission is not yet accepting artist applications, Westman Chin said she had been approached by a few Nashville artists who inquired about the new program.

“I think there’s some interest for whenever we get a little further down the road,” she said.

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Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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