Augusta, GA – A new piece of public art will give a nod to Augusta’s golf ties while offering the community a place to view local art, a shaded place to sit, and even a charging station for their phone. Dubbed the “Art Cart,” this prototype of a golf-cart turned functional art installation is set to be placed in the downtown Augusta area in July of 2017. The City of Augusta, the Downtown Development Authority and the Greater Augusta Arts Council have commissioned the project in collaboration with Textron Specialized Vehicles.
Art Cart- Call for Local Artists
The Art Cart, crafted from the chassis of a golf car, will serve as a shaded public seating bench and a 4-slot bicycle rack. The surfaces of the chassis will feature the artwork of a local artist. It will also have a way-finding map of downtown Augusta and a charging station for handheld devices with energy provided by solar panels on the roof. The Arts Council is currently taking applications and mock-ups from local artists for inventive designs for the surfaces of the Art Cart. All application materials and guidelines are available online at the link below.Application deadline is June 16.
How the “Art Cart” Came To Be
The Art Cart concept fits well with elements of the recently completed Public Art Master Plan for the Augusta River Region, written by Convention, Sports, and Leisure International. The concept is the pilot project for a portion of the Public Art Master Plan recommending installations on a theme.
“Textron, or EZ-GO, was interested in helping out with this public art project.” said Brenda Durant, Executive Director of the Greater Augusta Arts Council, “Their engineers wanted to break out of the mold a bit.” The Public Art Advisory Panel and Downtown Development Authority agreed that the partnership would be a fitting nod to Augusta’s status as the “golf cart capital of the world” while keeping the installation locally focused and functional.
The Public Art Master Plan for the Augusta River Region features seven recommendations for future public art projects. These recommendations are based on survey research of the Augusta area carried out in 2016 and include sculpture trails and festivals, monumental sculpture installations at gateways to the city, establishing cultural districts and more. The full Public Art Master Plan is available online at the link below.
While the call for the prototype is limited to 2-d designs which will be applied to the cart via vinyl wrap, the Arts Council hopes for future iterations to allow artists to alter the carts further, whether it is with 2-D paint application, or even 3-D, sculptural alteration of the cart itself.
Greater Augusta Arts Council :: PO Box 1776 :: Augusta, GA 30903
The mission of the Greater Augusta Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for citizens and visitors by advancing vibrant cultural arts.