Two Cancer Survivors Park Alliance-related pieces were recently unveiled – “Transformation,” the latest installment of the Butterfly Project created by artist Yuri Tsuzuki, and “Fear Not,” a Charles Pate Jr. sculpture.
And the Arts in Public Places Commission has also endorsed COMP, the Greenville Housing Authority’s Communities of Opportunity Mural Program. As part of the program, a mural containing a prominent historic figure will be created for a dumpster enclosure at each of the TGHA’s properties. In addition to that signature mural, residents will create murals for other paintable locations in their communities.
Tsuzuki’s Butterfly Project has installed hundreds of butterflies on buildings, light posts, and downtown parking garages. The butterflies are a visual reminder of the transformation that results from the struggle for life, rebirth, and hope. Large butterfly archways are also planned for the entrance to the Cancer Survivor’s Park.
“Transformation” is a stainless steel wall sculpture beside Brooks Brothers on Main Street. A plaque near the sculpture includes an explanation written by Tsuzuki and members of the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance about the significance of the butterfly for the park and the city of Greenville. The Smart Family Foundation, which uses a butterfly created by granddaughter Rebecca Smart as its logo, donated the sculpture.
“Fear Not” depicts a child drawing courage from the protective embrace of a lion. As a complement to the sculpture, Pate also wrote and illustrated a children’s book, which tells the story of how children find the courage to face scary things.
Blank Canvas Mural Co. is a part of THGA’s mural program. Artist Adam Schrimmer will help residents concept and create murals that reflect each of TGHA’s communities.
COMP will begin at the Gallery at West Greenville (formerly Westview Homes), a 66-unit unit complex on South Textile Street that includes 12 units for artists.