Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 5218 Twelve hours after leaving Sarasota, Fla., Scott Gerber parked his truck outside Greer City Hall. It’s a cold, breezy winter morning and the dark, heavy clouds threaten to spit rain at any moment. Strapped to a trailer behind Gerber’s truck is a 20- foot yellow aluminum stick figure reclining on one arm while raising his right hand and four fingers as a greet- ing to all who pass. Staring into the figure’s large eyes and noticing its wide smile, it’s difficult not to grin at the scene. Mission accomplished. Giant Dude has arrived in Greer. Gerber’s December visit was a precursor to one of the largest rollouts of public art in the city’s history. He helped install Giant Dude at the entrance to Greer City Hall – a one-year loan to introduce residents and vis- itors to what Gerber calls “fun art, not fine art.” Eight smaller Tube Dudes with infectious smiles will become Greer residents in 2017 and the city has an option to commission eight additional pieces. From Greer City Park to Trade St., the figures are designed to cement Greer’s reputation as a place where smiles and a love of whimsy are contagious. “If you smile at somebody, it’s probably more con- tagious than the flu. It’s almost impossible to have some- one walk down the street and smile at you and not smile back,” Gerber said. “Just to say the words Tube Dude, it’s hard not to smile. It’s almost as powerful and funny as the Dude himself.” That’s the essence that captured the attention of Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers during a vaca- tion to Sarasota. While strolling through the coastal city and its notable art communities, Driggers kept spotting privately owned Tube Dudes. Upon spotting the Tube Dude studio, he stopped in to learn more about the sculptures. “I asked the gentleman in the studio who the artist was and he said it was him. I told him that I believed his Tube Dude figures would be a great fit for our commu- nity and asked him if he commissioned work specific for communities,” Driggers said. “We talked for a long time about how we may be able to develop a public/pri- vate relationship for display of public art in Greer. “The City of Greer has funded public art for sev- eral years and has identified public art as a community priority through our comprehensive plan, our strategic planandinourcommunitymasterplan. TheTubeDude project will follow a very successful program initiated through the Partnership for Tomorrow. The downtown train cars project and the Greer Cultural Arts structure at the Cannon Centre have demonstrated that place- ment of public art is important to a community.” Tube Dude art project aims to create smiles