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 will close Monday, February 27, 5 p.m.
All questions should be directed to the Office of Cultural Affairs at email@example.com or 864.335.4862.
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.
Installed: December 7, 2016
Unveiled: December 14, 2016
“The Depot” by Joey Manson
Artist Statement: “The theme of ‘Crossroads’ led me to research the history of the area and the origins of Mauldin. I discovered a map describing Mauldin’s historical borders drawn as a circle with a 1/2 mile radius centered on the original train depot. I became interested in this circular border and the crossroads formed by 107 [East Butler Road] intersecting with 276 & the railroad.
The resulting shape I also found 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 me 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.
I added the curved, green beams to symbolize these dynamic forces that surround and connect Mauldin today. The grey beam I see as the railroad, still present, running straight through town and still working today.”
Watch a video on the construction of “The Depot”