The City of Jackson has planned an official unveiling for the community’s latest public art piece on Friday, May 17. The sculpture titled “City of Roses” by Edward Thayer was recently installed at the corner of E. Washington Avenue and S. Cooper Street in downtown Jackson.
It is a giant metal rose that rotates in the wind and beautifully catches light through sparkling red glass. The title is a reference to Jackson’s nickname as the Rose City. The design was selected by the Jackson Public Art Commission after reviewing nearly 30 entries. It’s funded by the Public Art Commission and a grant from the Jackson Community Foundation. The commission is an advisory body to the Jackson City Council with the goal of improving the quality of public spaces through art and making Jackson a better place to live and work. City of Roses provides a focal point for the eastern gateway to the downtown area, and is located at the trailhead of the Martin Luther King Equality Trail, which starts downtown and connects to the Falling Waters Trail.
Thayer says he is proud to have a piece of his art become such a big part of his hometown. “I was inspired by prominent works in town like the Summer Night Tree sculpture and wanted to build something that captured the growing momentum of our Rose City,” Thayer said.
Join city officials and other special guests for the unveiling event on Friday, May 17 at the sculpture site, starting at 11:30 a.m. The sculpture is located at 245 E. Washington Avenue, at the corner of E. Washington Avenue and S. Cooper Street. Commemorative postcards that feature the sculpture will be available at the event.