The unveiling of Richard Herzog’s “Trail Blossoms” will be at Dudley Park, Friday, July 27th, 7-8:30PM. This sculpture is the latest public art collaboration between the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission’s, Athens-Clarke County’s Public Art Master Plan, SPLOST and a citizens’ user group. There will be ice cream (from Lil’ Ice Cream Dude), music by local hip hop artist Seline Haze and more! Join us after for Bike Athens’ monthly Joy Ride (which will meet at Dudley Park at 8:30PM)

About the Artist:

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.

About “Trail Blossoms”:

“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.

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