Public Art Sparks Conversation in Downtown St. Joseph

Published 06/13 2014 03:25PM

Updated 06/13 2014 03:31PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) If you been to downtown St. Joseph lately, you've probably noticed some new artwork in the area.

The pieces stem from a partnership between the Allied Arts Council, the City of St. Joseph and the Downtown Association.

Thirteen sculptures were designed by artists nationwide as part of the public art project, and one was created by students at Hillyard. The art is part of the Sculpture Walk and it will be available for viewing for a year.

It all started with an idea to bring something unique to the downtown area..

"Art is all about creative place-making. Art creates conversation. Some people are going to love a piece, some are not. But, it creates a healthy discourse in the community that we want to be a part of," said Teresa Fankhauser, Allied Arts Council.

An opening reception is set for Friday evening where guests can meet the artists behind the sculptures and learn more about what inspired their creations.

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