Public Art Unveiled at White Oak
Local business owners, along with Arts and City Council Members Joined Mayor Ronnie Williams and world-renowned sculptor Sue Landerman at a gathering of the community last Friday morning to unveil an original frieze, which is featured prominently at White Oak Crossing in Garner. After the Mayor shared his thanks, he welcomed Garner’s city and community leaders to speak.
“Lots of things go into a vibrant community and one of those things is public art that everybody can share,” said Eleanor Oakley of the United Arts Council. “But one of the things I like the best about public art is that it helps create an attachment to our community. It creates a sense of place.”
City Commissioner Matt Calabria also spoke. “Garner is ground zero for growth and it takes a village to grow right,” he said. “We appreciate projects like this that not only allow us to grow, but to allow us to grow and improve our quality of life at the same time.”
After the ribbon cutting, Rich Barta of Core Properties, who commissioned the piece, offered a special thank you to Taylor Brick for its partnership in the development of the center, and especially for donating the brick for the frieze at White Oak Crossing.
“We are excited to continue to grow in Garner, and we are thankful and grateful for all the incredible support we’ve had. It’s a special day for us to unveil this public art; [Landerman] did an incredible job and I think this is something people will be able to appreciate for many years to come.”
About Sue Landerman
Sue Landerman is a freelance American designer and sculptor, listed with the Brick Institute of America (BIA). She has spoken and exhibited for juried shows as well as national and international conferences. Landerman is an expert who creates hand-carved artwork in stone, brick, frieze, and stucco. Her work is used to decorate interior and exterior of homes, businesses, gardens and other structures. Her contribution to the brick industry is the revival of centuries-old masonry carving techniques using new solutions and special applications.
About Core Properties
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Core Properties was founded in 1994. Since then, they have served national, regional and local retailers, commercial developers and landowners of all sizes across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. The group is responsible for thousands of transactions covering tens of millions of square feet of retail space and surplus disposition.