The City of Mauldin’s Office of Cultural Affairs created the Mauldin Public Art Trail in December 2014. This program seeks to beautify the community with public art displays created by South Carolina artists.
The Public Art Trail lines the perimeter of the outdoor amphitheater at the Mauldin Cultural Center. A new work will be commissioned each year to fill the nine (9) pre-approved sites along the perimeter, with the goal that all nine sites will be filled within ten years. For each year after the first ten years, the oldest installation will be replaced, resulting in a new slate of nine pieces of artwork every ten years. Retired artworks will be relocated to other areas around the community.
Each January, the City opens an RFQ for interested artists. Selected artists must be residents of South Carolina through the duration of the project. The selection committee chooses two (2) finalists who will then be asked to develop conceptual designs. The final artist will be selected by mid- to late-April and given no more than 12 months for project completion. The total budget for the annual program is not to exceed $15,000 and must be inclusive of fabrication, artist fees, and installation.
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
The 2017 RFQ period has closed. Interested in submitting for 2018? Check out our general parameters by downloading the 2017 RFQ and stay tuned!
All questions should be directed to the Office of Cultural Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.335.4862.
2017: Appreciation of Diversity
“We Are All One” by Yelitza Díaz Muzzarelli
This year, Mauldin, SC artist Yelitza Díaz’s sculpture entitled “We Are All One” embraces the theme “Appreciation of Diversity,” exalting the spirit of struggle, equality, and reciprocity of the among humans regardless of their differences.
About the Artist
Yelitza Díaz, Venezuelan immigrant and longtime South Carolina resident, specializes in sculpture, winning awards in national and international fine arts competitions since her youth. She has worked in art history and arts education, as well as cultural promotion in her home country of Venezuela.
After immigrating to the United States, she has continued her artistic work in South Carolina with her own gallery, Muzzarelli-Díaz-Art. Her works are represented in galleries and collections throughout Venezuela, Europe, and the United States.
Passionate about the human figure, Díaz makes her sculptures with mixed media techniques, minimalist-contemporary styles, and a clear inclination for human existentialism. Her work aims to reflect the hopes and deepest thoughts of the human being.
Erected: November 30, 2017
Unveiled: December 15, 2017
Watch a video on the construction of “We Are All One”
2016: South Carolina Strong
“Palmetto with Flowers” by Jamie von Herndon
This year, Swansea, SC artist Jamie von Herndon’s sculpture entitled “Palmetto with Flowers” was selected. The sculpture embraces the theme for this year’s selection, “South Carolina Strong”, a nod to the resilience, strength, and unity of South Carolinians during the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and the 2015 statewide flooding.
About the Artist
Jamie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in general studio with a concentration in sculpture and a minor in painting from the University of South Carolina in 2007. In 2010, she earned a Clay Spencer Certificate in Traditional Joinery from John C. Campbell Folk School.
She has held a wide range of positions including metalsmith artist assistant (Back Street Studios, LLC), sculpture shop attendant (University of South Carolina), apprentice (Ornamental Iron Shop & Camden Ornament Iron Works), editor, demonstrator and green coal instructor (The Philip Simmons Artist Blacksmith Guild of South Carolina), vice president and journeyman (Ironman Shop/Carolina Powder Coaters, LLC), and art director (Herndon Asphalt Engineering and Consulting, LLC) to name a few. In 2004, she organized and founded Carolina Association of Sculpture Students, a non-profit group for University of South Carolina Students to develop an avenue where students could gain exposure and sell their work while raising monies for accomplished artist lectures and studio workshops.
Erected: December 7, 2016
Unveiled: December 14, 2016
“The Depot” by Joey Manson
Through research, Manson discovered the history of the Mauldin area including a map describing Mauldin’s historical borders drawn as a circle with a 1/2 mile radius centered on the original train depot. Interested in the circular border and the crossroads formed by 107 [East Butler Road] intersecting with 276 and the railroad, he also found the shape to resemble that of an impeller or a propeller, an object of great importance to the economy of Mauldin over the years. They were first found producing power from the river at nearby mills and then during WWII powering airplanes at [Donaldson Center] Air Force Base.
The theme of crossroads thus led Manson from the roads and railway that first gave rise to Mauldin to the modern industry and development that encircles Mauldin and drives today’s economy.
He added the curved, green beams to symbolize these dynamic forces that surround and connect Mauldin today. The grey beam represents the railroad, still present and working, running straight through town.
About the Artist
Joey Manson works with industrial materials to depict his surroundings, abstracting today’s technological and natural environments. His sculpture becomes an exploration of the world’s built, social and environmental constructs.
Manson obtained his Master of Fine Arts from Alfred University in 1996 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Clemson University in 1994.
He has held exhibitions across the United States and currently has commissioned works on display throughout the Southeast. View his work at joeymanson.com
Erected: December 11, 2015
Unveiled: December 15, 2015
Watch a video on the construction of “The Depot”