Greenville City Council approves decommissioning of “The Path of Becoming” and construction of a new sculpture

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photo courtesy of Ben Spencer

“The Path of Becoming, ” a piece of public art that had been on Greenville’s Main Street, was a casualty of the ongoing Camperdown development on the site of the now-demolished Greenville News building.

But the city will use $30,000 from the developer, Centennial American Properties, to pay for another brick sculpture by Brad Spencer, the artist who created “The Path of Becoming,” to be installed at an undetermined property.

The City Council has given final approval to the decommissioning of “The Path of Becoming,” which actually consisted of three sculptures — “Emerge,” “Connect,” and “Transcend” — and a path of paver bricks connecting them.

The sculpture, which was located in front of where Liz Daly Designs had been located on South Main Street, could not be moved because it was specifically created for that site and the foundation was incorporated into the sidewalk. “The Path of Becoming” was installed in 2009.

Sean Scoopmire, chairman of the city’s Arts in Public Places Commission, said a new site hasn’t been chosen for the new piece, which according the ordinance approved by City Council will be a facsimile of the original piece.

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