MCA Students Complete AutoZone Sculpture Garden with Whirligig Sculptures

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May 1, 2017



AutoZone Sculpture GardenMemphis College of Art Students Complete AutoZone Sculpture Garden with Whirligig Sculptures

Kinetic sculptures on view outside of Rust Hall as part of this year’s ArtsZone project

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) students have recently completed an installation with whirligig sculptures for the AutoZone Sculpture Garden, on view to the public through May 14. The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a partnership between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis, which provides support to advance arts access, education and outreach throughout Greater Memphis.

Instructor Adam Hawk directed this year’s project, which is the first time MCA students have utilized sculpture for an ArtsZone public art project. Standing up to 10 feet in the air, the sculptures utilize traditional sculptural materials, as well as new and used car parts, and move with the wind. “With the support of AutoZone, this course has enabled students to explore kinetics, presentations of public sculpture, installation, and various digital processes on a much more complex level than what would be possible in a typical class,” said Hawk. “Throughout the semester, the students explored sustainably-themed processes. As a result some students have included certain components of these processes in their work—such as activating motion in their sculptures by harnessing the power of wind and rain, and implementing mechanisms of viewer interaction to power their sculptures.”

MCA students have completed numerous art projects in the city as a result of ArtsZone grants since 2014. Previous MCA ArtsZone projects have included a mural panel project at Knowledge Quest, the “Revival” mural on the Chelsea Avenue floodwall, and a mural in Uptown at a future site of the Greater Memphis Greenline. This year’s ArtsZone grant directly benefitted MCA’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million in institutional scholarships and aid to students each year, and covered the cost of materials for the project.

Photos of the installation can be found on MCA’s Facebook page. For more information about other MCA events and past ArtsZone projects, visit

Photo: Students and instructor Adam Hawk stand with completed sculptures in AutoZone Sculpture Garden

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