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Artist: John Pendarvis
Boy & Bike
What is the inspiration for this piece?
This statue was done a long time ago as part of a five-piece series. When the city first started to do art in public places about 30 years ago, they approached several artists to see if they would do a piece for public display.
It was a partnership between the city and a business at the certain time. They asked me to do it. Since it was going to be in public places, I wanted to do something that was recognizable to an everyday person, almost like street art or common art. I wanted to do something that I thought the public would relate to.
How long did it take to create the statue?
Not really long. I think I did all the pieces [in the series] within a four-week span. I did the design of them of what I wanted them to look like. Then the design of the pieces were sent to a fabricator to get it cut out and produced.
What materials did you use to create it?
I did a drawing design with specifications and what the piece should look like. The work is made from ¾-inch rigid steel, which is painted with a playground-tough paint. It is set in a concrete footer.
What is your favorite part of the piece, and why?
The creative process itself of creating the piece. Normally as a painter or artist, you take it from beginning to end from design to the completed piece. A lot of artists, after they have done the design, have other artists create or fabricate the piece. I have never worked in that process before, so it was enjoyable to see how that process worked together and happened.
When was it completed?
Located in West Washington Park in Greenville.