Students in Kennesaw State University’s Master Craftsman Program are in a unique position of having their creativity incorporated into public spaces around the city.
The city of Kennesaw recently held a ribbon cutting to unveil a sundial, shade structure and sign designed and created by the students at Gateway Park located at the corner of Sardis and South Main streets.
Page Burch, the coordinator of the craftsman program, said these three pieces are the students’ largest project to date. The shade structure was designed by Jonathan Copeland and built by KSU Master Craftsman Program students Carrie McDaniel, Randy Kooistra, Manuel Simonet, Ellen Foose-kutty, Tess Foose-kutty, Alyssa Smith, Brooke Barrett, Hannah Bumgarner and Daniel Barnard. The sundial and Gateway Park sign were designed and created by Burch.
“The design of the pieces complement each other nicely, and presents a uniform aesthetic to the park,” Burch said. “I believe that this park is a project that both KSU and the city of Kennesaw can be very proud of.”
This latest project is the third collaboration the program has embarked on with Kennesaw. Students in the program created eight decorative manholes that were unveiled in March and rolled out student-fabricated benches at the Southern Museum and Kennesaw City Hall in November 2017.
Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling said the partnership allows KSU students to be recognized for their talents and also encouraged other students and businesses to team up and showcase their art and building relationships around the city.
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