The $110,588 mini-park is the town’s second major public art project downtown. It’s envisioned as an “outdoor reading room, according to the town’s Public Art Commission. The project designer, landscape architect J’Nell Bryson, was at the site Monday inspecting newly arrived stone sections. She told DavidsonNews.net she hopes the project will be finished by Sept. 15.
The shaded space will include seating, new landscaping, and three book-inspired sculptures by artist Lydia Musco.
The project is being paid for largely with donations. For background on where the money’s coming from, what the project will look like and efforts to protect the old oak tree, read our May 14, 2012 report, “Project will create an outdoor reading space on Main Street”
The town’s first public art project was “A Bouquet for Davidson,” an iron sculpture that sits in front of Davidson Post Office that has inspired a mix of admiration and loathing. Check back Wednesday for one resident’s take on that work by British-born artist Andy Dunnill.
May 14, 2012, PDF of the site plan.
May 11, 2012, “Book Garden public art groundbreaking Saturday”
July 5, 2011, “$50K grant puts book garden project back on track”
April 26, 2009, “New donations will fund another public art project.”
April 26, 2009, “New sculpture prompts admiration and puzzlement.”
Town of Davidson web page for the project, www.ci.davidson.nc.us/bookgarden