“Tranquilitree” and “Triathlon” are the newest permanent additions to the Village of Egg Harbor’s art scene. More and more public art is arriving into the Village and momentum is building. Generous donors are confidently contributing, and the village is furthering its “placemaking” – the reimagining of public spaces to become a community’s center.
According to the nonprofit organization Project for Public Spaces, “Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.”
Toss this in the excellent problems category; but I predict that there will be some challenges with maintaining quality and cohesiveness, but nothing that the Village’s Public Arts Initiative (PAI) team can’t handle. “Tranquilitree” by David Windey now calls the Kress Pavilion home, and the Book Nook Gardens group plans to incorporate this magical piece of art into a whimsical interactive garden space at the Kress.
“Triathlon” by Greg Gregorich can be found at the intersection of South Trail and Horseshoe Bay Road, and it’s no accident that it is located along the Door County Triathlon route.
In addition to the permanent collection and the seasonal exhibits, the Egg Harbor Business Association, Village of Egg Harbor and the PAI have partnered on this year’s EGGstravaganza. Half the proceeds from auction – taking place Aug. 17 at the Kress Pavilion – will go toward additional public art. It’s important that the village remain strategic about art placement, and use it as a way to not only create a sense of place, but also as a tool to get people to walk and bike the beautiful and compact village.