Artist: Bob Doster
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
BD: Lyn Strong contacted me because she wanted to donate a sculpture to downtown Greenville.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
BD: Greenville as a rising star of the Upstate.
GJ: What materials did you use to create this statue?
BD: It is made of corten steel.
GJ: How long did it take to create? What was the creation process like?
BD: It took about a month. I made a smaller version first, then the finished sculpture.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
BD: My favorite part was the artistic process. The ideas come from everywhere in my environment, [including] nature, industrial [and] cleaning my studio. I like to work with similar shapes and push myself to create as many variations on a theme as interest me. I cut the shape, grind, weld and in some cases polish the steel. In the process of doing this, I end up with a sculpture that pleases me. As a sculptor, I tend to work in series. If I were a tree, each branch would represent a different idea that I’m exploring. As my ideas grow, so does the tree.
GJ: When was the piece finished?
It is located in front of Sushi Go at the corner of North Main and College streets in Greenville.