Public art exhibition to open on Hilton Head Island

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Artists from all over have been installing their masterpieces to be displayed at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn as part of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's Public Art Exhibition.

"We're really excited about it," said Carolyn Torgersen, of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. "It's the only location in our area where you can come and see 20 large-scale outdoor sculptures in one place."

The 20 pieces of art were chosen from more than 300 entries and are made of all kinds of materials from aluminum to wood, bronze and marble. Artists are excited to show them off.

"The piece has involved hours and hours of working," said Kevin Eichner, a Hilton Head Island artist. "I work with industrial beams, industrial materials, so the curly Qs on the bottom are square tubing, the beams that stretch up to the sky are I-beams I originally got straight. So I've manipulated them, cut them, grinded them."

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry expects this to be a great draw on the island, as well as an education tool.

"We really hope to engage and enrich our local community, our tourists, visitors and young people and the ultimate goals is for our jury to take a look and select one piece to purchase and have it permanently installed on Hilton Head Island to help grow the public art collection," said Torgersen.

The exhibit is free and open to the public on Saturday and will run through the end of the year.

Everyone will be able to cast their vote for their favorite piece of art on the Exhibition's website at The people's Choice Award winners will be awarded cash prizes.

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