A local business has put a priority on growing public art with the creation of an art-filled pocket park on 13th St.! Georgia Rehabiltation Institute, headed by CEO Dennis Skelley, owns a parcel of land they started transforming into a small park some years ago. The latest art installation, a mural on the side of their building by artist Brian Stewart, joins 3 sculptures in this small plot of land.
From Georgia Rehabilitation Institute – “Skelley enjoys and advocates for businesses to embrace the arts with their workforce and community. Georgia Rehabilitation Institute and The 523 Gallery co-use office and gallery space accomplishing business objectives while sharing works of art by people with disabilities with employees, business visitors and the general public. Additionally, the adjoining property has been transformed into a pocket park with sculptures and mural for employee and community enjoyment.”
The sculptures already in place in the pocket park were created by Skelley, who is a sculptor himself, and artistic collaborator Tommy Lyles. When the mural by Stewart is finished, it will read “Love where you live” above the large “Augusta” design, as well as featuring several other interesting and historic details.
We can’t wait to see the finished product, and we thank Georgia Rehabilitation Institution for making art accessible to all of Augusta!
To learn more about Georgia Rehabilitation Institute, The 523 Gallery and the 13th Street pocket park, call 706-823-8505. The Pocket park is located at 523 13th Street.
Sculptures by Dennis Skelley & Tommy Lyles: