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Zero to 60: Art-In-Place, Public Art in Charlottesville

Zero to 60 CharlottesvilleAn organization in Charlottesville called Art-In-Place was founded by Elizabeth Breeden, and has grown into a valuable non-profit public art program for Charlottesville.  From the website,…

Virginia Gardner, Realtor Charlottesville,, 434-981-0871The non-profit corporation Art-In-Place under the sponsorship of City Council, has established sites around the City of Charlottesville, Virginia to make art accessible to the general public.  Art-In-Place, is governed by a board of directors and sponsors independently and with others several competitions and installations of art. The outdoor sculptures selected for exhibition provide the community with a wide range of artistic styles, themes and media which enhance our concepts of space and place and enliven our sense that art has the power to move us.

Charlottesville Realtor Virginia Gardner,, 434-981-0871It really is a wonderful program.  It has excited people positively and negatively, created debate, elicited comment… all the things that art can and will do if given a chance.

Probably the best known and well-loved piece is the trio of whale tails located along the 250/29 Bypass at the Meadowbrook Heights neighborhood.  Created by Charlottesville artist, Thomas Givens.

There are several sculptures located along McIntire Rd, among them is “The Biker” by Maryland artist, Richard Whitehill.

Other sculptures, either part of the changing exhibition or part of the City’s permanent collection, can be enjoyed throughout the city, along major thoroughfares and within neighborhoods.  The Belmont Park sign is an example of the latter and was created by the community for the community park.

A fun morning is to visit the website and create a tour of all of the different works that are a part of Art-In-Place throughout the City.

(Elizabeth Breeden and her late husband, sculptor David Breeden, have really contributed to Charlottesville’s lively arts community over the years.  I remember well their Wednesday evening salons many years ago, always fun with interesting people.  It’s not surprising that Elizabeth continues to carry the public art torch, as she was always right there with David, promoting his work from Biscuit Run Studio.)

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