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 52Ed Driggers City Administrator “A city without art is a city without soul.” – Leo Villaflor Relaxing on the lawn at Greer City Park is a pop- ular activity. Stroll the grounds on a beautiful spring day and the chances are good that you’ll find families, couples and singles soaking up the sunshine. There’s one new resident who has made the activ- ity an everyday practice since early December. Perhaps you’ve seen him: a tall fellow with a big smile? Oh, he’s also made of high-grade aluminum and painted bright yellow. That’s Giant Dude, the work of Sarasota, Fla., art- ist Scott Gerber (read more about the artist and his Tube Dudes beginning on Page 18). Based on the number of people who have stopped to take a selfie or group photo with the sculpture since his arrival outside Greer City Hall, I’m guessing more than a few of you have already met him. Based on the smiles of those in the photographs, it’s evident that Giant Dude – the largest piece of public art ever placed in the City of Greer – is doing his job and creating #grinsingreer. Public art is defined as “art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all.” Philadelphia native and sculptor William Rush was the first to be commissioned to create art in a pub- lic space in the United States – a large fountain near the Schuylkill River designed to be a gathering spot. Rush’s work also set an immediate precedent be- cause the scantily clad nymphs created a bit of a scan- dal. It seems as if public art has been generating con- versations ever since. That is exactly what public art is intended to do – bring together people in a public place to consider the work and possibly even generate conversations with each other about the artist’s intent and message. In many cases, public art represents a city’s his- tory, such as the painted rail cars scattered throughout Greer Station in recent years. It can represent an or- ganization’s goals, as evidenced by the Greer Cultural Arts sculpture outside the Cannon Centre. It can also be a reflection the people who live in a city. The ever- present smiles on colorful Tube Dudes tells visitors that the City of Greer is a vibrant community with friendly residents. As artist Leo Villaflor once stated, a city without art is a city without soul. The arts bring beauty and color to our lives. Public art can evoke discussion and take us beyond our some- times mundane lives. It has many roles. Gerber’s most telling comment about his own works of public art suggests that no one should over- think the Tube Dudes. “It’s not fine art. It’s fun art,” he said. If it puts a smile on your face, it’s done its job. Whether thought-provoking or just plain fun, public art plays many roles in the City of Greer