Public art hits Tattnall Square Park

A public art series has brought some interesting shapes to Tattnall Square Park.

The current exhibit, titled “New Forms from the Southeast” and part of an Art in the Park series, was unveiled Friday.

Mercer art professor Craig Coleman spearheaded the grant process and said the series will take place over the next two years. The current batch of five pieces, plus two more, will be in the park for five months.

“The goal behind it is basically to have ... a temporary show of public art in the park and showcase how public art can enhance public spaces,” he said.

Coleman added that his hope is that the “objects of beauty” could be a model for a permanent public art initiative in Macon in the future.

One of those objects, a metal thought bubble on the Oglethorpe Street side of the park, is the work of Murray State art professor Chris Lavery. He came down from Murray, Kentucky, to participate because of what he saw of Macon during a “well-done” application process.

“Great community, nice park. Those things are really attractive to me as an artist,” Lavery said.

While he noted that such features need to be positive additions to the community instead of negative distractions, Lavery said such an exhibit is good for Macon.

“I think it is an extremely important moment for a community to engage in public art,” he said.