The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is pleased to announce the selection for our Rail-to-Trail public art project. Local sculptor, Richard Herzog’s “Trail Blossoms” was chosen by a selection panel (made up of ACC Commissioners, Leisure Services representatives and community members) out of over a dozen proposals from all over the country. “Trail Blossoms” will be fabricated and installed in the Dudley Park area in the coming months.

Richard “Rick” Herzog is an Athens-based sculptor and installation artist creating nature inspired works mimicking organic patterns and repetition composed of man-made materials. His works have been exhibited throughout the US- New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Chicago and internationally in more than 100 group, solo and outdoor exhibitions. His works have been cited in Sculpture Magazine as being “electrified …by day” and The Chicago Sun Times as “representing the grit and grace of the contemporary south”, Herzog creates works that bridge the absurd and beautiful while highlighting man’s disconnection form the environment in which we live.

“Trail Blossoms” is inspired by the Rail-to-Trail and alternate modes of transportation. The flowers, leaves and benches are derived from skateboards and bicycle components altering their scale and twisting them slightly to capture the organic qualities of flora while still being recognizable. “Trail Blossoms” consists of five flower forms with two leaves creating shade for the three benches. With Trail Blossoms standing close to 17 feet tall, the largest flower being close to 9 feet in diameter will be fabricated in steel. The will be a landmark on the Rail-to-Trail with benches to sit and take in views of Dudley Park and the amphitheater landscape, the sunsets and sunrises and be visible from downtown Athens, from Oconee and Oak Street in the winter and probably even from the East Broad St., Arch St., Herman St. area.

“Trial Blossoms” will be fabricated using bent and curved steel plates and pipes welded and bolted together and painted using epoxy coatings. The sculpture will be bolted anchored to a cement base. The sculpture will take approximately four months in total to complete. This includes the time for the structural engineer drawings, acquisition of materials, fabrication of the sculpture and installation. The installation will take a week from start to finish with the assistance of a crane.

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission looks forward to more public art projects in the coming months. For more information email us at


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