Ghost Ballet nationally recognized as a top piece of public art

Friday, June 27, 2008 at 3:02am
'Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks' was recognized this week as on the top pieces of public art for 2007. File

The Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks sculpture on the east bank of the Cumberland River downtown was recognized this week as one of the top pieces of public art in 2007 at the Americans for the Arts annual convention.

The $250,000 Ghost Ballet piece, which had permanent lighting installed this week, was one of 45 works chosen from across the nation.

The 100-foot structure designed by artist Alice Aycock was two years in the making before it was finally completed last year. Earlier this year three cranes were used to adjust the structure a few degrees, at the request of the artist.

“We are thrilled that Ghost Ballet is known to be among the best in the nation and that our program is getting this kind of positive feedback,” said Metro Arts Commission Executive Director Norree Boyd in a statement Thursday. “Nashville acquired a special work of art in the Ghost Ballet and we want to continue attracting outstanding artists locally, regionally and from around the nation.”

The recognition for Ghost Ballet comes just before the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners considers an item on its agenda for next week regarding the installation of public art in Nashville.

The board put a one-year moratorium on public art installation after a squabble with the Arts Commission over who had final approval of where and how art is installed. The moratorium ended in May.

Boyd will make a presentation at the July 1 Parks board meeting about installing art on the public square downtown.

In conjunction with the decision on art in the public square, the Parks board and the Arts Commission will work out an agreement for guidelines on public art installation. Boyd told The City Paper last month, it was her hope that the two sides could reach a reasonable agreement on the issue.

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By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 7:00

If the broken rollar coaster was one of the best I would hate to see the others.

By: eastnashville37207 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Metro Arts or Metro Pharts? My God these people wouldn't know art if it slapped them upside the head.These people must be deaf, dumb and blind to think this contraption is art.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

so, are you two experts on art?

By: CAH on 12/31/69 at 7:00

This doesn't say much for American Art in 2007 and it says even less for the members of the "Americans for the Arts" group.Seems to me that people who join groups like this do it more for bragging rights at cocktail parties than for their knowledge of art.

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

TITAN1, somehow owning two PSLs and hanging with your pre-gare posse made you an expert of the behavioral background and troubles of Pacman. You also had the "shoulda, couldas" expert advice on trades, public financing, debt service, municipal works. So, yes we can call idgaf and eastnashville art experts. I tend to agree with them as do many who see "Ghost Ballet" as twisted metal akin to the shape of former Opryland's Wabah Cannonball ride.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

courier, your babbling never ceases to amaze me, but I like to laugh, so carry on. LOL!

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Keep looking at your posts TITAN1, you will see what keeps us laughing. I can't tell when you are ignorant, attempting comedy, or using parody to make a point. It all runs together.Hey, I heard your buddy D-Mac may have taken an art apprecoation course at Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Would that make him an art expert? With your logic, yes.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

courier, that is because you take message boards too seriously, btw, I don't know who this D-mac is.

By: OneTimer on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Art = the weirder, the better. I learned that at University.

By: slacker on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I just wonder if any of the panhandlers downtown, have fallen off that thing, and sued the city.

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

TITAN1, I pick on you because you stick to a point. Your loyalty is admirable. Your family and employer should be proud. I like reading you and idgaf debate the issues. At times I think you are misguided or on the wrong side of an issue. Your pro-"personal responsibility" post made Tuesday caught me by surprise. Still, you are a good read.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

slacker, they'd have to get across the river first. Maybe they could swim over with Metro Council.It does look like a good place to stash bottles of fortified wine.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Maybe fortified wine is part of the history of the East Bank Machineworks and goes with the artwork - lol!

By: airvols on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Art? I thought that was the new theme parking going up.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

It is if you drink fortified wine! LOL

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Courier, like you, I post here mainly because it can be entertaining and to kill some time. Do I really think id really complains about everything when he is not on this MB, of course not. I think most everyone who posts here are good people.

By: eaglelt on 12/31/69 at 7:00

$250,000 for THIS? Where did the money come from? Who pays for the lighting? If this is public money, aren't there better uses?

By: Healthandwellnessmag on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio most of my childhood and going downtown to Fountain Square to see The Tyler Davidson Fountain was and still is a thrill to me. Please Google the image. This is true work art not a piece of a roller coaster.Such a shame in a city with so many artists and creative people I just don't get it. I would have rather had a Giant Guitar......represent Nashville. Can we have a "DO-Over" please?Patricia Martin

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

The giant guitar is on the other side of the river.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

And yes the Tyler Davidson fountain is a beautiful sight.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 7:00

We paid and are paying for it eagle.Or I guess you can say the laid off employees are.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

But the giant guitar was free (to us anyway).

By: dxfret on 12/31/69 at 7:00

This is an excellent addition to downtown Nashville and I hope that more public art follows.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Next time I clean out my garage I'll paint the crap red and lay it down by the river so that we can enhance the artistic flair of Nashville. Don't worry, id. I won't even charge you for it.

By: slacker on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Blanketnazi2.. LOL The Arts commission should have a red hotline to the management of that choo-choo train thats going to go down the tubes. Paint it red turn it on its back like a Junebug. We will have something to show Mon. nite football besides tootsie's.We ain't hick's here Madden.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

You know, if the Arts Commission wants to install a piece of art you think they could pick something that most residents could relate to. And no, it doesn't have to be some tacky guitar thingie, but geez....that red piece of crap???

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Seriously, if the thing were not bolted down Public Works may have mistaken it for illegal dumping.

By: eaglelt on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Someone call Letterman and offer the exhibit for the "Will it float" segment.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

But then where would the panhandlers stash their fortified wine?I have an old metal swingset rusting away out back. Maybe I could paint it red. For good measure I could put one of those giant catfish in the baby swing. Two or three bottles would fit in its mouth.

By: heartbeat on 12/31/69 at 7:00

We would've saved a lot more money if they had just reused a old piece of the Opryland theme park.Man I love to see my tax dollars go to something as worthy as this. And now we're wasting 455 million bucks on a new convention center. What taxes will go up next????