Artwork allows York to boast a unique StreetScape

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 30, 2004

YORK–On Thursday, July 1 the Coleman Center for Arts and Culture will be celebrating the completion and installation of public art in York, Alabama. From 1 – 3 PM, the installation will take place of the Silver Maple StreetScapes Mosaic and the County Seat Sculptural Bench by David Wyrick at York City Hall, 607 Second Ave.

Participants in the StreetScape Mosaic Workshop taught by Linda Munoz completed the Silver Maple Mosaic over the last two weeks, she said. The mosaic will be placed in front of City Hall and serve as a permanent piece of artwork for York, she said.

“Artist David Wyrick created the County Seat for York City Hall,” Horst said, “The sculptural bench takes on the form of Sumter County and was carved out of a discarded slab of concrete.”

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After the installation of the two public art pieces, there will be a reception for David Wyrick in the Altman-Riddick Museum at the Coleman Center for Arts and Culture, 630 Ave A, from 3 – 5 PM, she said. An exhibition of Wyrick’s work entitled, York, Sumter, will be on display and refreshments will be served.

“After the reception, folks are welcome at Sumter County Apartments to see Wyrick’s Sheltered Bench permanently installed on the corner of Lincoln and Fifth Ave in York,” Horst said.

Working in close collaboration with the City of York, the Coleman Center, Sumter County Apartments, Jesse Cunningham,&Junior Sturdivant, Wyrick was able to create a permanent piece of functional art made from local materials, she said. The bench will serve as a sheltered bus stop for the Headstart children this fall.

David Wyrick is an artist currently residing in St. Paul, MN after migrating west from Milwaukee, WI. Using natural materials native to the areas that he resides and travels to, his works relate directly to the natural processes of these materials. While in Sumter County, he consulted with geologist, Richard Thurn to inform his work. He has had exhibitions throughout the Midwest and Tennessee with redistribution projects traveling across the continent.

Everyone is welcome to participate in any or all of the activities. Feel free to come all day or just stop by for a minute.

Join the Coleman Center for Arts and Culture and the City of York this Thursday, July 1 2004, 1 PM – 3 PM: 607 Second Ave. York City Hall

Placing of Silver Maple StreetScapes Mosaic

Installing of The County Seat

3 PM – 5 PM: 630 Ave A. Coleman Center for Arts and Culture

York, Sumter: Reception with Artist-in-Residence David Wyrick

5 PM: 237 W Fifth Ave. Sumter County Apartments

Inauguration/Celebration of the Sheltered Bench