Art Adventures: Augusta Sculpture Trail Button and James Brown Birthday Bash
By Brenda Durant
On Saturday, May 1st, I had the privilege of escorting some members of the Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Leadership Augusta’s Executive Forum on a tour of the Downtown Sculpture Trail. With Rhian Swain at my side, we met our group next to 2nd City Distillery at the two Sculptures on 8th Street. We made sure everyone was set up with the Otocast App and was enticed by the temptation of a collectible James Brown Button as a digital tour completion reward. What a glorious day! We strolled through the Common, down Broad to 11th, and made sure to see the recent Monkey Business installation by Porkchop. The group posed at “Unstoppable” at 11th and Broad and returned via the south side of Broad, where we made a stop at Augusta & Co to admire Rhian’s Painted Piano. After checking out the remaining sculptures on Broad Street, we returned the group to 2nd City and stayed to learn about their bourbon, gin, and cans of Bloody Mary’s… coming soon!
My next commitment was to set up a table at the James Brown Birthday Bash at 9th between Jones and Broad Street. Rhian and I were early so we grabbed an early lunch at Laziza’s on Broad Street, the feta fries were heavenly, and I thoroughly enjoyed my falafel pita. I cannot wait to return. Those fries now know my name, and will be calling to me.
The James Brown Birthday Bash was great fun. We were set up to promote the Augusta Sculpture Trail, specifically the Otocast scavenger hunt. We had special James Brown buttons made with an image from the Cole Phail mural, so anyone who showed the completion digital badge on their phone got one of the limited-edition buttons. Augusta & Co at 1010 Broad Street now has the buttons—so take the tour and redeem for your prize. Before they’re all gone! We brought a ton of hula-hoops, which were a popular addition to the music and live painting at the event. The Arts Council volunteers took turns handing out flyers and showing off their hula skills. I think I surprised a few people with my mad hula skills. When I had a break, I walked over to the Draft Society to watch Cole’s 14-minute video of the making of the James Brown Mural. It was a great addition to the day. The team packed up at 6 PM and left with memories of a way overdue, super fun day downtown. I look forward to many more.
Find out more about the Augusta Sculpture Trail sculptures at www.AugustaSculptureTrail.com