Gainesville, Hall County, GA

Newest piece of Public Art: Luminary 830

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The views while driving down Green Street in Downtown Gainesville are moving in the wind…literally!

Newly erected on Brenau University’s Green Street Campus is “Luminary 830.” This sculpture, by North Carolina artist, Mike Roig, is kinetic and moves perpetually with the wind.

The artwork was facilitated through the Vision 2030 Public Art Committee, an anonymous donor, and the North Georgia Community Foundation. It was strategically placed at Brenau because "Edison gave light to the world; Brenau gives light to the mind."

The installation is part of an ongoing renovation and improvement of the Brenau University campus entrance plaza on Green Street bordered by Academy Street and the Jacobs Building. It is the second piece of sculpture and Public Art in the plaza. The first is an enormous bronze sculpture of a golden tiger – the Brenau mascot – by Cumming, Georgia, artist Gregory Johnson, who has other works on the Brenau campus and in Hall County. Brenau students named the tiger Lucile, in honor of Lucile Townsend Pearce, the wife of long-time Brenau President H. J. Pearce.

“We are very grateful to the donor of this marvelous, innovative work of art for selecting the Brenau campus as the locale for sharing it with the public,” said Brenau President Ed Schrader. “The Lucile sculpture has already become an artistic landmark in Gainesville and Hall County with both residents and visitors to the community stopping by to see it and photograph it. The new piece will enhance that desire for people to engage with art. Indeed, the donor specified to Mike Roig that the Luminary 830 have ‘Instagramability’ so individuals could share selfies and other photos through their social media networks.”

The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee is dedicated to bringing diverse visual arts throughout Hall County and works in collaboration with donors, government, education, and cultural partners to enrich the quality of life in our community.