Two pieces related to Cancer Survivors Park Alliance were recently unveiled – “Transformation”, the latest installment of the Butterfly Project created by artist Yuri Tsuzuki, and “Fear Not”, a sculpture by Charles Pate Jr.
And the Arts in Public Places Commission has also approved COMP, the Greenville Housing Authority’s Community of Opportunity Mural Program. As part of the program, a mural depicting an important historical figure will be created for a dumpster enclosure on each of the TGHA properties. In addition to this iconic mural, residents will create murals for other paintable places in their communities.
Tsuzuki’s Butterfly Project has installed hundreds of butterflies on downtown buildings, streetlights and parking lots. Butterflies are a visual reminder of the transformation that results from the struggle for life, rebirth and hope. Large butterfly arches are also planned at the entrance to the Cancer Survivors Park.
“Transformation” is a stainless steel wall sculpture next to Brooks Brothers on Main Street. A plaque near the sculpture includes an explanation written by Tsuzuki and members of the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance about the butterfly’s importance to the park and the town of Greenville. The Smart Family Foundation, which uses a butterfly created by its granddaughter Rebecca Smart as its logo, donated the sculpture.
“Fear Not” depicts a child gaining courage from the protective embrace of a lion. Along with the sculpture, Pate has also written and illustrated a children’s book, which tells the story of how children find the courage to face scary things.
Blank Canvas Mural Co. is part of THGA’s mural program. Artist Adam Schrimmer will help residents design and create murals that reflect each of the TGHA communities.
COMP will begin at the Gallery at West Greenville (formerly Westview Homes), a 66-unit complex on South Textile Street that includes 12 units for artists.