Butterfly Girl, a 4-foot, bronze sculpture by Cumming artist Gregory Johnson, has been installed at Sims Lake Park, Suwanee’s newest park. The sculpture, on loan to Suwanee for four months through The Arts Council, Inc. of Gainesville, a regional Grassroots Agency, and in cooperation with the artist, exemplifies Suwanee’s efforts to promote public arts throughout the community.
Suwanee established last year a City Council-appointed, seven-member Public Arts Commission to encourage the display of art in public spaces. “We’re thrilled to have this statue on loan and on display at one of our community’s most popular parks,” says Denise Brinson, economic and community development director. “This is a realization of the kind of public visibility of art that we hope to foster throughout the City.”
The sculptor Gregory Johnson has created public art works that are located in communities across Georgia. In addition, his artwork is included among numerous museums and corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Costa Rica, and the Middle East. On his website, Johnson notes that his work “reflects the strong European tradition of a softly detailed surface quality, while expressing the energy and vitality of contemporary life.”
Butterfly Girl, which has been installed under a shade tree near the top of the stone streamscape at Sims Lake Park, is available for purchase for $7,500. Sims Lake Park is located at 4600 Suwanee Dam Road.
Installation of the sculpture was made possible through a grant to The Arts Council, Inc. of Gainesville through the Grassroots Arts program, which is supported, in part, by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations provided by the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.