In a collaboration between the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County (CAC), and the Douglasville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the CAC is proud to present the second round of the “Love Where You Live” Public Art Project! The beloved project delivers 11 new hand-painted heart-shaped sculptures making Douglasville/Douglas County a more colorful and vibrant place to live, work, and play.
Artists were invited to submit designs based on the theme “Love Where You Live” in Douglasville and Douglas County. Adorned with original creative designs from local artists, 11 new fiberglass hearts will celebrate the bond between the community, arts, and local businesses. The colorful sculptures were designed to reflect the community in its values, history, and shared connection, each offering a unique selfie spot, encouraging exploration around Douglasville/Douglas County. Join the hunt for hearts in February and find the new sculptures at the following locations.
Chaney Billips, heart located at the Lithia Springs Library, 7100 Turner Dr.
Patrice Gates, heart located at Firestation #4, 8271 Highway 166.
Patrice Gates, heart located at J. Tom Worthan Memorial Park, 6649 E Strickland St.
Patrice Gates, heart located at Douglasville Police Dept. and Municipal Court, 2083 Fairburn Rd.
Jessica Hill, heart located at Deer Lick Park, 2105 Mack Rd.
Gennell McCoy, heart located at Metro Garage Doors, 12871 Veterans Memorial Highway.
Tara Nichols, heart located at the Nichols Center, 6534 Spring St.
Kalena Ramsey, located at Douglas County School System, 11490 Veterans Memorial Highway.
Krystel Sanchez-Hartman, heart located at the Fairburn Rd Senior Center, 6287 Fairburn Rd.
Leafmore Studios, located at Clinton Nature Preserve, 8720 Ephesus Church Rd.
Sharanda Wilburn (SAW), heart located at Mill Village Park, 8320 Grady St.
Love Where You Live is an inventive way for businesses to join the CAC in supporting and creating public art in Douglasville/Douglas County. The project provides a colorful landmark that encourages involvement in the arts, energizes the community, and makes a strong statement of values. Passersby can feel pride knowing that each of the hearts was inspired by the amazing sights, sounds, and places of Douglasville/Douglas County. It is a project that opens the doors to opportunity where the everyone can make their mark, impact their local community, and contribute to Douglas County’s success.
More than just community awareness, “Love Where You Live” also encourages collaboration between local businesses. Local company, DeNyse Sign Company was hired to fabricate the heart-shaped canvases that each artist painted. While Paulding Precast Products, and Print South Media based in Villa Rica sponsored the project to create the bases and plaques that go along with each heart. Throughout the project the CAC has received support from GreyStone Power Company, who in addition to sponsoring one of the hearts, believes in the positive power of public art in Douglas County.
Public art enriches the community and improves our quality of life through its ability to enrich the environment, to ignite the imagination, encouraging thought and prompting discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together, and can be used as a tool in economic development. Public art can also strengthen personal connections to one’s community. Learn more about the CAC’s public art projects at www.artsdouglas.org/current-public-art-projects
The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm For directions, more information, or to make your reservations, visit www.artsdouglas.org or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770.949.2787.