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Arts Huntsville and Partners Launch SPACES Sculpture Trail App,
Expand Trail to Ditto Landing
-Latest iteration of SPACES features 39 sculptures across Huntsville-Madison County-
Huntsville, AL – Alabama’s largest revolving sculpture installation has grown once again. SPACES Sculpture Trail organizers launched the fourth iteration of the trail and a new phone app connecting the community to the dynamic pieces of sculptural art across Huntsville-Madison County. SPACES organizers also welcomed Ditto Landing as a new partner to the trail, featuring three sculptures along the greenway.
Originally developed in 2010, the SPACES Sculpture Trail brings new public art pieces to the Madison County community every two years. This year’s trail features 39 sculptures by 22 artists, from 12 states and Toronto, Canada. The community is encouraged to explore this year’s trail through the new free SPACES HSV app for iPhone and Android. The app features the 10 sculpture locations, photos, artist and partner bios, as well as an interactive map that shows users sculptures near their current location.
“Public art is taking off in our community, and now with this app anyone can explore these dynamic, whimsical and thought-provoking sculptures straight from their phone,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “Of course, our real hope is that visitors and locals alike will use the SPACES app to get out and explore our community and the public art enlivening our spaces.”
SPACES is a collaborative project led by founding partners Arts Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville Museum of Art, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2012, the founding partners welcomed the Madison Arts Council to the project and this year welcomed Ditto Landing.
“The Board, staff and patrons of Ditto Landing are excited to accept the invitation to be a part of the SPACES Sculpture Trail. As visitors enjoy the three sculptures that have been installed along our riverside greenway, they will also be able to enjoy the fabulous tranquility of the Tennessee River,” said Brandi Quick, executive director of Ditto Landing. “We are grateful to Arts Huntsville for inviting us to be a part of this wonderful city-wide attraction.”
SPACES artists are hand-picked by the partner institutions, with the goal of attracting sculptures from outside the area who have experience showing work in the public setting. This year’s trail features artists from Alabama, Arizona, Canada, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York and Virginia. The trail also features local Huntsville artist, Micah Gregg of Dropmetal whose sculpture can be found at the Von Braun Center.
Hosting the most sculptures on the trail, the University of Alabama in Huntsville is home to 15 sculptures. On Saturday, March 11th at 9:30 a.m. UAH will host a walking tour starting and ending at Wilson Hall.
To learn more about the SPACES Sculpture Trail download the app by searching “SPACES HSV” in the Google Play and iTunes app stores, or visit artshuntsville.org/spaces.
Arts Huntsville is a non-profit organization founded in 1962 to stimulate and support community creativity and engagement by advancing the arts, entertainment and culture to enrich quality of life, education, and economic development in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region. With over 250 member arts organizations, individual artists, arts patrons, and other arts-minded non-profits, companies, and technical and professional organizations, Arts Huntsville focuses on four core program areas while serving as the service organization for area arts groups and individual artists, providing them with resources and tools to ensure their success.