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Athens Cultural Affairs Commission dedicates unveiling of new sculptures | Arts & Culture

On Saturday, two works of public art were unveiled by the Athens Commission for Cultural Affairs to members of the Athens community.

“Hero’s Path” created by Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based artist Aaron Hussey was installed in front of Athens-Clarke County Fire Station # 2, while “Origins”, designed by local artists David Hale, Peter McCarron and David Harrison, sat in front of the ACC Co-op Extension Office.

“The Hero’s Path” is a 16-foot sculpture featuring aluminum and steel ladders leaning into each other with a jacket and a firefighter’s hat hanging from the top of two of the ladders. Hussey said the Ladder Heaven Path represents the noble and noble effort to place the well-being of others above one’s own.

‘Hero’s Path’, a 16-foot aluminum and steel sculpture in front of Athens-Clarke County Fire Station 2 in Athens, Georgia on January 8, 2022. (Photo / Elizabeth Rymarev)

The firefighter’s helmet and vest illustrated the workload of first responders by providing the public with items recognizable from those in an area of ​​the line of work.

“I think it’s in the best interest of every member of the community to remember the service and sacrifice of all first responders,” Hussey said.

ACC Fire Chief Jeff Scarbrough said the new initiative to provide Athens firefighters with another set of helmets and vests to reduce the amount of gas released, or noxious fumes, from the smoke absorbed by the jacket, was also highlighted in this sculpture.

At the base of the sculpture is the “Firefighter’s Prayer,” a faithful appeal written by AW “Smokey” Linn describing a firefighter’s mission. “I want to fulfill my vocation and give the best of myself, protect my neighbor and protect his property”, we can read on the sculpture.

The second consecrated sculpture was “Origins,” a 20-foot concrete piece of a chicken sitting on top of an egg with a painting of a country house carved inside. A working metal weather vane is also attached to the chicken, adding an element of the present to the past, which the sculpture symbolizes.

Hale explained the philosophical aspect of the sculpture with the age-old question: What came first – the chicken or the egg?

“My personal hope is that this piece can, in some way, be a marker and a monument to this very beautiful community that we come from,” Hale said. “To remind us not only of where we’ve come from and where we’re going, but also this intersection of the two – where we are right now.”

The crowd of spectators stopped for a moment to understand Hale’s words before walking around and observing the sculpture. ACC Public Art Coordinator Tatiana Veneruso said having public works of art and monuments creates a creative sense of place that reflects how much the community of Athens values ​​the ‘art.

“These pieces are right next to each other, but they couldn’t be more different thematically, in use of style and in media. So having them in unique installations adjacent to each other, I think, even more showcases all the different types of art that we have in our community, ”Veneruso said.