Main Street Hanover launches public art program - Art Alley
April 5, 2018
Main Street Hanover’s public art committee Art Alley is so excited to announce its first public art program – a pretzel sculpture series.
Collaboration is at the heart of this project. Inspired by other public art projects like ‘Cows on Parade’ in Chicago and NYC, Bears in Hendersonville, NC, Dinosaurs in Pittsburgh and similar projects, Art Alley created a pretzel design with the help of Hanover High School students and teachers and Riley Welding that will be decorated by local artists and go up for display in downtown Hanover to represent our community. Pretzels highlights the rich snack food history of our community and the shape of the pretzel creates an interactive sculpture that people can enjoy seeing around the community Riley Welding created the pretzels out of rolled steel, Hanover High School students are finishing off the welding, Riley Welding will prime and paint the pretzels to be ready for artists to create. The committee is finalizing requests for proposals to share with local artists who would be interested in designing a pretzel. Art Alley will be asking artists will submit a design proposal for their pretzel art piece. The committee will review and choose 10 artists that will have their creations featured in locations throughout downtown’s Main Street District. Those pieces will then be auctioned off during the ArtsFest event in September and those proceeds will go directly to fund mural projects and creating seed money for another round of public art sculptures.
Art Alley, the downtown public art initiative, is looking to build an environment where artists, from students to amateurs to professionals, feel welcome and encouraged to be engaged with the downtown improvement efforts. Through 4 initial public art projects, we hope to build the capacity for artists to engage in murals, sculptures and out of the box, engaging, art projects.
Art Alley is where artists and economic development collide!
All of this would not be possible if not for the overwhelming support we received from the community! Using the online fundraising platform IOBY, and a matching grant from the National Main Street Center for committing to implement a Placemaking Project, Main Street Hanover crowdfunded over $7,000 to start these projects. We can’t thank the community enough for that support! The Art Alley committee members are the ones to thank for bringing these projects to life. The members of the committee are Kristin Newman, Panebaker Funeral Home, Julie Gelsinger, SouthWestern High School, Marie Smith, Hanover High School, Mandy Loughry, Winding Willow Studio, and myself.
ArtsFest, featuring Chalk It Up, is a new event for Main Street Hanover this year. It is still in the planning phases but we know it will include the Chalk It Up event, live art, artist’s vendor booths, and live music throughout the day all in Downtown Hanover.