Nashville’s next major public art pieces will be installed May 16 and 17 at the Public Square downtown.
Metro Arts Commission Executive Director Jennifer Cole said Wednesday the three-piece work, titled “Exploration and Discovery,” will be dedicated June 1, framing the Davidson County Courthouse at three points.
The individual bronze works, which Ken Rowe created and are currently at a Texas foundry, are The Spark of Discovery, The Scholar and To The Moon. Each will rise approximately 6 feet and join Thomas Sayre’s existing works called Citizen.
“We think it’s a great counterpoint to Citizen,” Cole said of “Exploration and Discovery.”
Cole said the art pieces were inspired by Nashville’s cultural history.
“Every angle offers something interesting and detailed,” Cole said.
Rowe’s fee for the project is $80,600. Cole said MAC is finalizing costs for installation fees and will have a final project budget in July.
Cole said MAC is working with Tennessee Performing Arts Center officials regarding how to use the works of Rowe and Sayre as active pieces of classroom engagement in TPAC’s ArtSmart curriculum.
Rowe lives in San Antonio but offers a Nashville background, having once taught at both Belmont University and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.
“His work is well connected here,” Cole said.
Rowe said he is glad to be able to provide Nashville, in which he lived for six years, the art works.
"I love Nashville," he said. "I felt like it was home, and it pained me to leave. I appreciate the opportunity both the Metro Arts Commission and the art community in general have given me. I feel welcomed in Nashville as an artist."