PUBLIC ART TO BE INSTALLED AS PART OF CITY-WIDE CLEAN UP

The City of Charleston’s Office of Public Art, in coordination with several local artists, will conclude its installation of artwork as part of the final Team Up to Clean Up city-wide clean up. Two artists will create in-place murals in South Hills.

Artist Blake Wheeler’s robot will be installed at 831 Bridge Road on Friday, April 26 at 9:00 a.m. Wheeler graduated from West Virginia State University in 2006 with a B.A. in fine art. He prefers traditional painting techniques and applies them to his personal fine art work, as well as freelance illustration. Blake's paintings involve places and characters inspired by his childhood, popular culture, and 1950s aesthetics. 

A cat, created by artist Amanda Jane Miller, will be installed at the head of the Carriage Trail on Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. Miller is a West Virginia native who finds inspiration in history, plants and animals.  Her work observes human interaction with natural world, specifically through industry and farming.  She works as a freelance designer and illustrator, in addition to studying fiber arts, soapmaking, and mountain music.

In total, eight artists have created “in-place mural projects” around the city. These murals use vines, trees and bushes to help transform nature into artwork. During the East End clean up, Geraldine the Giraffe by artist Rob Cleland was installed at 1570 Virginia Street and Bob Ross was installed by artist Jeff Pierson at the East End Bazaar. Sandra the Squirrel was installed by artist Mallory Burka during the clean up in Kanawha City April 13. During the April 20 West Side/North Charleston clean up, Kayleigh Phillips installed a tiger portal at 800 Hunt Avenue, Debra Rayhill created a female portrait at 802 Matthews Avenue and Staci Leech-Cornell introduced a female silhouette at 800 Barton Street.