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New sculpture dedicated in Hickory Park

HICKORY - A new sculpture was dedicated at a City of Hickory Park.

The City of Hickory worked in partnership with St. Aloysius Catholic Church to develop a small Meditation Garden at McComb Park, located at 421 5th Avenue Place between the SALT Block and Lenoir-Rhyne University, with the garden being located at the Northwest corner of the Park.  This Meditation Garden comes in honor of the church's 100th year.

Fly Away," a sculpture created by artist Randolph Rose of Yonkers, New York, is a bronze sculpture of a young girl releasing a butterfly.  The Meditation Garden was dedicated during a brief ceremony on Tuesday, July 16. Representatives of the City of Hickory and St. Aloysius were in attendance. The public was invited.

We wanted to give something tangible to the City of Hickory which has been such a good home for us for the past century," says St. Aloysius pastor Father Robert Ferris. "The Meditation Garden seems like an excellent fit for both the community and our parish family."

The garden concept was developed by a Steering Committee composed of Mark Sinclair (Chair), Robert Vollinger, Pam Walters, and Mary Ann Crane, working with Brian Frazier, the Planning and Development Director and Public Art Commission liaison for the City of Hickory.  The Committee worked with the City's Public Services Landscape Manager Jonathan Hogan to create a wonderful space with this art at the center of the garden.

City's Public Services Landscape Division designed the garden and worked with the Street and Building Services Divisions to bring the garden to life.  The pedestal that houses the sculpture was formed, along with a rock wall around the pedestal.  The Landscaping Division provided shrubs that included seasonal colors that will be beautiful all year.  Building Services placed the statue and the plaque at the garden.  To finish off the garden, three benches and a graveled border surround an elevated garden with roses and other ornamental bushes.

In this age of hustle and bustle, we hope that many people will find the time to enjoy the garden and find it to be a source of comfort and quiet," said Ferris.

"Fly Away" enhances an inspiring space that is now part of the City's Art Walk that the Public Art Commission has been creating. More information on the Public Art Commission can be located at hickorync.gov, under the Boards and Commissions page. An Art Walk brochure will be available to the public later this year.

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