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.