MCA Students to Unveil AutoZone Sculpture Garden

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April 27, 2017



ArtsZone Project Concept ArtMemphis College of Art Students to Unveil AutoZone Sculpture Garden

Sculpture students to install kinetic sculptures Friday, unveiling on Saturday, as part of ArtsZone grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) Sculpture and Metals students will install kinetic sculptures on Friday, April 28 as part of this year’s ArtsZone project. The temporary installations will be part of the AutoZone Sculpture Garden on MCA’s Rust Hall campus, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The project is made possible by ArtsZone, a partnership between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis, which provides support to advance arts access, education and outreach throughout Greater Memphis. The sculptures will be on view to the public April 29–May 14.

Under the direction of Metals Instructor Adam Hawk, students in his special topics “Whirligig Sculpture” class spent the semester designing and conceptualizing sculptures for the project. The sculptures will be constructed of new and used auto parts, as well as materials traditionally used in creating metal sculpture. Standing eight to 10 feet tall on a two-inch pipe, the sculptures will move and transform shape with the wind and elements, as well as utilize viewer interaction processes to engage movement.

MCA students have completed numerous art projects in the city as a result of ArtsZone grants since 2014. Other 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 and covered the cost of materials for the project.

Photos of the installation will be posted on MCA’s Facebook page. For more information about past ArtsZone projects, visit

Photo: Concept art of “whirligig” sculpture by student Chris Dickson

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