The second year of High Point City Art Project, a collaboration between HPMA, the Southwest Renewal Foundation, the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Theatre Art Galleries (TAG), and the City of High Point, will spotlight three sculptures by artist Mike Roig of Carrboro, North Carolina, and one piece from Atlanta artist Phil Proctor.
Proctor’s sculpture, “Comet,” which stands 12 feet tall and weighs about 2,000 pounds, was installed on West Commerce Street, adjacent to the Natuzzi building. Roig’s pieces include “Chalice” and “Passionatus,” both of which weigh in at around 600 pounds and stand 10 feet tall, and “Beautiful Whirled,” which weighs 1,400 pounds and is 15 feet tall. Two of Roig’s pieces will be placed in the pocket park in front of the Steele Building at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue, English Avenue, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and the third piece will be placed across from the headquarters of Stanley Furniture at Hamilton Avenue and English Avenue.
The final three pieces will be installed on April 6, announced HPMA. “Due to the size and movement of the sculptures, we had to design and construct reinforced concrete bases for support and to allow for the addition of an engineered anchoring system. This design allows the base to be used multiple times for displaying multiple pieces,” explained Tim McKinney, director of facilities for the City of High Point.
“The Southwest Renewal Foundation is excited to be organizing and sponsoring year two of the High Point Public Art Project in the Market district, partnering again this year with the High Point Market Authority and City of High Point,” commented Dorothy Darr, executive director of the Southwest Renewal Foundation. “We believe that public art improves design, appeal and accessibility of public spaces of all kinds, enhancing their social and practical uses and potentiates other concurrent events and activities in town to create an environment of greater interest and appreciation for our Market visitors, as well as for residents and tourists. We are honored to be exhibiting this year the kinetic art of North Carolina artist Mike Roig and Atlanta artist Phil Proctor.”
The City Art Project was launched in October 2014, across seven locations throughout downtown High Point, including three in the Market district. The first iteration displayed outdoor stone sculptures from local artist Charles B. “Chuck" Foster.