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Public Art

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry created the Public Art Fund for the purposes of funding and acquiring public art and outdoor sculpture to be placed in the public realm on Hilton Head Island.

The Public Art Fund Committee works in partnership with the Town to pre-approve Town owned properties appropriate for placement of public art. When a piece of art is accepted by the Public Art Fund, either by purchase or donation, one of these pre-approved locations is chosen for placement. A request is then made to Town Council for acceptance of the piece into the Town's public art collection. Once Town Council approves the acceptance of the piece, the Town takes over ownership and installs, insures, and maintains the piece in its approved location.

The Public Art Fund Committee created a Public Art Exhibition that is held every other year for the purpose of enhancing arts and cultural awareness on Hilton Head Island. The result of each Exhibition includes the selection of at least one piece of art to donate to the Town's collection. As part of the Exhibition, artists from around the world submit their work to be considered for the show. The jury from the Public Art Fund Committee selects 20 pieces of art to be part of the Exhibition, which lasts from late September through December. During the show, the jury evaluates and selects a winning piece to purchase and donate to the Town's public art collection. The inaugural Public Art Exhibition was held in 2011.

Location: Compass Rose Park

Artists: Susie Chisholm from Savannah, GA and Darrell Davis from Arlington, TX

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's Public Art Fund Committee commissioned the design and casting of a life sized bronze sculpture of Charles Fraser walking with an alligator from the well-known photograph published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1962. This was the first piece in the Town of Hilton Head Island's public art collection.

In 1956, Charles Fraser realized that Hilton Head Island had more to offer then just timber. Armed with vision, energy, and investment dollars, he created a master plan for a resort community, Sea Pines Plantation. The resort serves as a textbook case of progressive land-use planning and eco-sensitive development.

Fraser played a crucial role in making Hilton Head Island what it is today. The impact of his wise-growth philosophy on the island is incalculable.

Photo of the Charles Fraser Statue

Location: Chaplin Linear Park

Artist: Jonathon Bowling from Greenville, NC

"Family" is a trio of steel horses with small quantities of wood and brass, "Family" was selected as the winner of the 2011 Public Art Exhibition at Honey Horn.

The artist envisions each "horse" as a series of abstract sculptures which combine to form an armature for the whole. These pieces are made with the intention of staying outdoors in a public area without the need for maintenance. The artist used a forge to give the mane and tail organic curves to contrast with the construction of the body. Often the materials used are from the turn of the last century, which the artist feels is appropriate for depicting an animal so intertwined with our agrarian past. Repurposed steel provides a sound structure which allows the artist to work on a scale that lends itself to public spaces.

Photo of the Family Public Art display

Location: Corner of William Hilton Parkway and Arrow Road

Artist: Wayne Trapp from Vilas, NC

"Sail Around" is a large powder coated steel sculpture measuring 16 feet tall, 4 feet wide and 6 feet deep. "Sail Around" was part of the 2013 Public Art Exhibition at Honey Horn; however, it was not selected as the winner of the exhibition. The artist donated this piece to the Town’s public art collection at the conclusion of the exhibition.

The powder-coated steel structure sets up a dynamic series of implied movements between its independent parts while its title "Sail Around" makes clear connections to the element of the nautical discovery part of Hilton Head Island's past and present.

Photo of the Sail Around Public Art Display

Location: Veterans' Memorial at Shelter Cove Community Park

Artist: Stanley "Sandy" Proctor from Tallahassee, FL

"Poppies" is a bronze sculpture of an elderly veteran holding the traditional poppy flowers during a Memorial Day Celebration. The American flag was added for the benefit of later generations who had no knowledge of the poppies' meaning.

"Poppies" was purchased by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's Public Art Fund with monies donated by the Veterans Coalition and members of the Long Cove Club. It was purchased with the intent of placing it within the Veterans Memorial here on the island.

Photo of the Poppies Sculpture