During the month of June, we’ll be sharing a series of blog posts entitled Art & Culture, which will feature some of Effingham’s many artistic attractions.
This week we explore Sculpture on the Avenues: 28 sculptures created by some of the Midwest’s best-known and unknown sculptors bring life to the streets of Downtown Effingham as part of this annual outdoor exhibition. In its 18th year, Sculpture on the Avenues is a self-guided walking tour that starts at City Hall and winds through the downtown area. While some pieces are permanent displays, most are replaced each year in the spring with new featured sculptures in this rotating art expo.
The sculptures have been constructed with a variety of elements, including wood, rocks, metals and glass, portraying an array of artistry, interests and talents. Each piece creates a unique meaning for both artist and viewer alike.
For those of you interested in taking the self-guided tour, come to the Effingham Visitors Center (located in front of Lone Star Steakhouse) to pick up a Culture Guide that provides a map of the tour as well as titles and descriptions of the sculptures.
To learn even more about this year’s selections, join the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Effingham Public Library on a guided tour of Sculpture on the Avenues on June 18th at 9:30 a.m. starting on the west side of the library. You’ll be able to hear about the sculptures as well as their creators and ask questions along the route. Be sure to call the library to reserve your spot on the tour.
If you haven’t seen the latest additions to Sculpture on the Avenues, we encourage you to get out, enjoy the beautiful weather and explore the exhibition that transforms Downtown Effingham into our very own outdoor art gallery!