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Monday Afternoon Event to Celebrate Book Bench Public Art Project Completion

Post Date:08/14/2019 4:00 PM
MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery Public Art Commission will host a reveal party for the Montgomery Book Bench Project Aug. 19 from 4-5 p.m. at Montgomery Plaza (Formerly Klein Park) at One Court Square. 

WHAT: Montgomery Book Bench Project Reveal Party;
WHERE: Montgomery Plaza (formerly Klein Park) at One Court Square;
WHEN: Aug. 19 from 4-5 p.m.

The event will honor the twelve River Region artists commissioned to design and paint twelve benches to be installed later this month at libraries, schools and community centers within several Montgomery City Council districts and County Commission districts.

The Montgomery Public Art Commission in collaboration with the Montgomery City-County Public Library, Montgomery City Council and Montgomery County Commission opened its call for proposals mid-March. As part of a public art project celebrating beloved children and young adult books, the benches also enhance quality of place throughout the city and county. 

Selected artists and book selections:
• Dianne Waites, Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne in City Council District 1;
• Leigh Ann Clark, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss in County Commission District 3;
• Julie Lowry, A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond in City Council District 3;
• Saquia Evans, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister in City Council District 4;
• DeShuan Smith, What's the Hurry, Fox? by Zora Neale Hurston in County Commission District 4;
• Kelly Parvin, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein in County Commission District 5;
• Oscar Wheat, Curious George by H.A. Rey in City Council District 5;
• Sujoung Pack, Joonwoo Lee and Silvia Deng, Green Eggs and Ham in County Commission District 5;
• India Wilson, Yasmin in Charge by Saadia Faruqi in City Council District 6;
• Sunny Paulk, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in City Council District 7;
• Micheal Louis Arrington, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle in City Council District 8;
• Zoe Barker, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems in City Council District 9.

The Public Art Commission's selection criteria gave preference to artists living, working or studying within the participating districts and focused on clarity of design, vibrancy and interpretation of the selected book. A panel comprised of local librarians and the Montgomery Public Art Commission reviewed all submissions. Final designs were selected by sponsoring City Council and County Commission members. Each artist will receive $1,000. 

The book bench project marks the latest in of line of art installations coordinated by the Montgomery Public Art Commission and City and County leaders. Others include the Marching On sculpture at Five Points, The Marching to Montgomery sculpture at the City of St. Jude, A Mighty Walk from Selma mural at Montgomery and Lee Streets, the foot soldiers crosswalk on Dexter Avenue, The Wright Flyer and Unforgettable on Maxwell Blvd., The Rainbow Soldier at Union Station, Daedalus at Maxwell AFB, VOTE and sidewalk quote art located throughout downtown.

For more information on this and other public art projects in Montgomery, please visit www.mgmpublicart.com.
  
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