Artist: Stephen Kishel. Paradigm Pathway
What was the inspiration behind the piece?
The project started for me in December 2011 when I responded to the request for sculpture proposal. I had spent a week in Greenville a couple years earlier exhibiting my sculptures at the American Institute of Architects Conference and Expo. I was very impressed with the city and the prominence of public art. When I was selected as one of five finalists, it was such an honor. The next day I was in the art studio, and the momentum was contagious. I knew a tall sculpture would be impressive; however, the site was not limited to looking up at a sculpture. The Main Street bridge overlooked the site as well as the upscale hotels across the river from the Peace Center. My mind was telling me “go with the flow” of the river. It was just the inspiration I was looking for, the “big picture.” Greenville is at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the river was flowing and on the surface of the river were the colorful autumn leaves drifting by. [When] I got the call that my design was chosen, it was one of the best days of my life.
How long did the piece take to create?
It took about three months to build.
Completed date: December 2011
Near Japanese Dogwood Lane, Greenville, South Carolina, 29601