The Battle of Nashville Monument: A Symposium
Thurs., Nov. 5 and Fri., Nov. 6, 1998


The Monument and Civic Statuary Today

"The Monument and Civic Statuary Today" was presented by Susan Nichols, founding director of Save Outdoor Sculpture!; Tom Turk, executive director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and special assistant Sandra Duncan.

Nichols discussed grass-roots efforts across the country to save and preserve outdoor sculpture, which is endangered by inadequate maintenance, the effects of the elements, and vandalism. She showed slides which demonstrated the effectiveness of community action and the beautiful sculptures restored due to the projects. She noted that there are 32,000 outdoor sculptures in the U.S., 486 in Tennessee, and 104 in Nashville. Nationwide, 41 percent are in need of care. The figure for Nashville is 50 percent. For those interested, the number for SOS is (880) 767-7285.

"Nashville is at the turning point" regarding public art, said Turk, who noted that progress is being made constructing the multi-million-dollar Red Grooms' History Carousel at Riverfront Park. He also noted that plans call for outdoor sculpture at the new arena and other sites.

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