Artists: Edwin Hutchison, Daniel Howell and Jacob Vondrasek
Edwin Hutchison answered our questions for this article.
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
EH: We were contacted by a resident couple, Tim and Debra Lincinhol of Greer, who heard the Arts Center of Greer was looking for a large tree stump to be designed and carved. They contacted one of our sculptors they knew [Daniel Howell], and we started the process from there.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
EH: We presented different designs, and “Emerging” was chosen for the project. It represents new life and positivity emerging during such a challenging year. It may mean something different to each person, but that was the inspiration.
GJ: What materials did you use to create this statue?
EH: We used the existing tree stump, cardboard templates, spray paint, staples, lag bolts, high-performance glue, grit and spit.
GJ: How long did it take to create and what was the creation process like?
EH: It took our team 19 days over a period of a month to complete. The experience was great; however, it was August, so it was obviously very hot.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
EH: [That’s] hard to determine. Possibly it would be the scarf because it helps give the character flight movement. Even though it is a new life, the scarf is a little tattered and worn to represent how hard the road was to make it there.
GJ: When was it completed?
EH: Sept. 3, 2020
It is located at the Greer Cultural Center for the Arts, 804 Trade St. in Greer.