Lewes art committee considers 2024 temporary artwork designs

A street tattoo and a floating sculpture are among the possible choices for next year’s temporary art installation in Lewes.

The Lewes Public Art Committee held a special meeting Oct. 12 to look at six diverse designs for 2024, as voted on by committee members.

Artist Steed Taylor received five votes, tied for first place, for what he calls a street tattoo. It is a design that would be painted on a street. Committee members said locations could include Second Street, Market Street or Savannah Road.

A sculpture by Paul Daniel also received five votes. Committee members said they liked his work because it turns in the wind and could be placed floating in water. Committee members said the marsh, beach or pond at George H.P. Smith Park could be good locations for such a sculpture.

Artist Amanda Browder’s submission received the third most votes. Her artwork comprises fabric draped over a building, such as city hall, Beebe Healthcare, the Net House in Canalfront Park or even the Lightship Overfalls.

Committee Chair Heidi Lowe said Browder’s art takes longer to plan and install. The committee decided to move forward with Browder’s design for the 2025 art installation.

A sculpture by Rodney Carroll received four votes. Committee members said his sculpture might fit in Zwaanendael Park or Canalfront Park. 

Yevgenyia Kaganovich received three votes for her piece that uses plastic bags. Committee members said her art might work in Stango Park or Canalfront Park.

A wall design by artist Jan Kirsh got three votes. Fourth Street Forest is on the list of possible locations.

“We’re going to select at least two or three and go to the artists, and see if we can actually afford, install and manage the schedule,” said Lowe.

Lowe said the committee might invite the artists to visit to look at locations for their work.

She also said the committee will approach the city about making this year’s temporary artwork permanent. Artist DeWitt Godfrey installed a sculpture called “Paviljoen” in Canalfront Park in July. He was expected to remove it sometime this fall.

The committee will further discuss the art selections at its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Rollins Center.

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