“Sentience” takes its place as a permanent public art work in Roswell:(from left) Lawrence Catchpole of the Roswell Arts Fund; Dave Schmit and Randy Schultz of the Roswell Downtown Development Authority; and Marie Willsey and Rochelle Mucha of the Arts Fund. ROSWELL ARTS FUND

Roswell meets $10K challenge to keep sculpture

Art lovers in Roswell have met a $10,000 challenge to acquire “Sentience,” one of 10 pieces in the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculpture tour, to add to the city’s permanent collection of public art.

The work, by Atlanta artist David Landis, will now remain in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street, according to a Roswell Arts Fund announcement. The acquisition results from the group’s “Keep the Art!” campaign, to match a $10,000 challenge grant from the Roswell Downtown Development Authority.

Keep the Art! seeks donations from individuals, businesses and organizations to keep ArtAround sculptures in the city permanently so that Roswell can “further expand its identity as an arts destination for locals and tourists alike,” the Arts Fund says.

Its goal is to raise at least $60,000 to purchase selected sculptures for the city. Sentience joins two pieces acquired from the 2016 ArtAround tour, “Smoke” in Roswell Town Square and “Oak Leaf Triptych” in Roswell Area Park. Information: http://www.artaroundroswell.com/

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