ArtSS in the Open

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Welcome to our gallery without walls!

The City Springs complex reinforces the community’s dedication to the arts. Designed as a gathering place for residents and visitors, City Springs features the 1,070- seat Byers Theatre, Studio Theatre, and  outdoor performance area as part of the City Green, featuring a variety of musical and cultural events attracting local and regional audiences.

Art Sandy Springs, a non-profit working to enrich the quality of life for Sandy Springs residents and visitors through public art and special arts events, has partnered with the City to bring to City Springs an annual sculpture competition as part of the ArtSS Arts in the Open program.

ArtSS in the Open launched right after the city was formed in 2005. Its first sculpture competition in 2008, attracted 100 national and international submissions, with four permanent works purchased with private funds to launch the City’s public art collection. In 2014, underwritten with a private grant from Northside Hospital, The Playable Art Park opened at Abernathy Greenway Park to national praise with six huge sculptures built by artists for kids to play on. It has become a popular regional playground destination for children of every age.

The theme for the inaugural competition at City Springs is “Inspired. By Nature.”  Up to ten finalists will be selected with works on display at the City Green, creating an annually changing sculpture art gallery in the park.  The winning piece(s) will be purchased by the City and provided permanent placement in locations throughout the city.

 

 

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