[image-2] You can now see a sculpture made from two 325-gallon scrap propane tanks on display on the West Ashley Greenway. Thanks to the Charleston Parks Conservancy’s Art in the Parks program, Georgia artist Mike Wsol’s “Under Glass” is installed near St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science, between Campbell Drive and the Greenway.
As they have done with past Art in the Parks installations, the Parks Conservancy will host educational events and opportunities for the public and local students to view the sculpture and interact with Wsol.
Two years ago, the Conservancy received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a planning and public engagement process to encourage creative placemaking along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. The current site of “Under Glass” was identified in the plan as a location for public art that engages the community and encourages social interaction.
In a press release, executive director of the Parks Conservancy Harry Lesesne says, “This installation is the first of many public art projects we’ll bring to West Ashley. As we work on the overall master plan for revitalizing the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway, public art and arts programming will play an important role in how we reshape this public space and encourage resident use and engagement.”
Wsol has been working on the design of this sculpture for the past year, one that he says was designed with “the natural sciences and spirituality in mind.” “Its form divided in two chambers separates the viewer below from the natural light entering and reflecting with the upper chamber,” he says.
The sculpture is mean to appear to balance atop the earth. Not convinced? You have until October to head to the Greenway and check it out for yourself.