Undoubtedly one of the most enthusiastic and youthful portions of the North Charleston Arts Festival was the Community Art Project Unveiling. On day seven of the annual festival, a new sculpture created by area youth was revealed to the public. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department elected local artist Alexandra Roberts to design the permanently installed sculpture revealed at the Persephone Moultrie Community Center.
With the help of impassioned and animated children from the center’s after school program, Alexandra’s vision came to life. The abstract sculpture is a concrete spiral adorned with glass stones. Weighing almost 200lbs, the piece was created through a two week residency led by Alexandra. “I wanted to create a subjective piece that worked well and could be a place to meditate. I also wanted it to have a lot of texture so that the children could touch and feel the art,” said Alexandra.
The children’s creativity and dedication shined in their performances prior to the ceremony. The Show Stopping Steppers, Persephone Moultrie’s Little Cutie Pies and the Persephone Moultrie Double Dutch Group wowed the crowd with their incredible dance numbers and hard-to-believe jump rope skills. Built by children, for children, the sculpture is a representation of the creative future of Charleston and leaves us optimistic and craving more. The sculpture is on display and available for public viewings during community center hours, Monday through Friday, 2:30-5:30pm.
words + images: April Adams
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Tags: Community Art Project Unveiling, North Charleston Arts Festival, Persephone Moultrie Community Center, The City Of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department