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Did You Know? Public Art in Macon Edition

Adelia Henderson, Contributing Writer

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Driving around town, you may have noticed various art pieces stashed on street corners, in parks and on the sides of buildings. Over the past eight years Macon has seen a push to revitalize its streets through public art, mainly due to neighborhood grants and projects.

Here are three public art pieces in Macon that you may have noticed and wondered about:

  1. College Hill Bear Trail

Completed in 2011, the College Hill Bear Trail is a 2009 art project consisting of six colorful bear statues located throughout the College Hill Corridor. The Bear Trail was funded by a Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant, which is facilitated by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, according to reports by The Macon Telegraph. Pictured is the “Tattnall Square Park Bear” which was created by Connie Redd, located on the corner of Adams and Oglethorpe Street.

 2. Circles in the Park

If you’ve ever wondered what the circular structures were on Coleman Hill downtown, you’re not alone. Sculpted by Kathy Wright in 2014, these cast concrete circles were also funded by a Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. The circles are placed to appear like they are rolling downhill, and visitors are encouraged to interact and play with the circles.

3. Mulberry Stag Statue

Most recently, a statue of a stag was unveiled on Mulberry Street in October. According to the Macon Telegraph, the Macon Arts Alliance procured the grant for the statue through a Downtown Challenge Grant and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. The stag is meant to represent native wildlife in the surrounding area.

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