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 52Work begins on Greer’s Arts District 27 Ask a Chicagoan for directions to the Cloud Gate sculpture and you’ll likely get a blank stare and a shrug of the shoulders. The world-famous stainless steel stat- ue in Millennium Park, which draws thousands of cam- era-toting visitors daily, is known to most as “the bean” for its shape. London’s Trafalgar Square is well known as a gath- ering place both for activists promoting their causes and tourists seeking sculptures atop monoliths or com- memorating heroes on horseback. Those visitors may be taken aback by a 15-foot blue rooster mounted on one of the Square’s plinths. Closer to home, it doesn’t take a lengthy visit to realize that the City of Aiken has an equestrian history. Scattered throughout the city’s downtown are full-sized fiberglass horses that artists have painted in diverse styles. From magnolia blossoms to pinstriped pants, it’s difficult to miss the large canvases. Public art around the world: Unique. Quirky. Thought-provoking. In the City of Greer, one could point to the Pepsi mural painted on the side of a workshop on Cannon St. as a long-standing example of public art. Painted train cars – from engines to cabooses have been displayed Six artists begin their residences in the repurposed Center for the Arts in Greer Station since 2010. The newest local entry is Giant Dude outside Greer City Hall, an oversized ver- sion of artist Scott Gerber’s whimsical Tube Dudes (see Page 18). When the Greer Community Master Plan was com- pleted and adopted in 2015, it identified arts and culture as a key element for the community: Highlighting what we are and what we value is part of what makes our community different. These distinc- tions contribute to our community’s character and the quality environment our residents enjoy. Promoting our arts and culture helps define our community’s charac- ter, which we proudly share with visitors and those that invest in Greer. It also recommended the creation of an arts district south of the central business district, reviving an almost forgotten space and contributing to the city’s vibrancy. An important step toward making that arts district a reality was realized in 2016 when the city complet- ed the first phase of repurposing its City Auditorium, the former Wesleyan Methodist Camp Meeting Asso- ciation Tabernacle building at the intersection of Trade and Davis streets. The property was first developed in 1920 and the current building was erected in 1955. The City of Greer Center for the Arts is home to six resident artists.