Within a walkable, one-mile area in downtown Suwanee, residents and visitors alike can view 17 sculptures that are part of the 2022-2024 SculpTour, a celebration of artistic talents showcased through public pieces that lend themselves to literal and subjective interpretations within the eye of each beholder. 

Since 2011, the award-winning SculpTour project has showcased just shy of 100 pieces alongside 18 selections in the city’s permanent collection. Dubbed Suwanee’s walkable public art encounter, the project is funded through sponsorships and private donations, and the current sculptures are expected to be on display through 2024. The project also contributes to Suwanee’s permanent public art collection as typically at least one sculpture from each SculpTour is purchased using privately donated funds and permanently displayed in Suwanee. 

“Few suburban cities have a public realm that is as cultivated and central to the identity of the city as Suwanee’s parks and public spaces are,” said Denise Brinson, Suwanee’s assistant city manager. “This provides Suwanee with a unique opportunity to add public art that is of special significance and endurance.”

Online here, residents and visitors to the city of Suwanee can cast one vote per day toward deciding a people’s choice winner among the 17 sculptures on display. While the winning piece is not guaranteed to become part of the permanent art collection, the Suwanee Public Arts Commission will take the public’s opinion into consideration.

View seven of the sculptures on display in Suwanee’s 2022-2024 SculpTour in images captured by North Gwinnett Voice staff member Alicia Payne. 

FEATURED PHOTO: “Metaphysica” by Phil Proctor of Atlanta, Georgia. The piece stands 15 feet tall and weighs approximately 4,000 pounds. Photo by Alicia Payne. 

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