Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. Up to 50 projects are selected annually through an open-call application process and selected by two to three jurors. The projects are available on CD-Rom in our bookstore and include a PowerPoint, data and project list, and hundreds of project photos.
Our 2013 Public Art Year in Review nomination process is now open through April 5, so be sure to nominate a project as we continue spotlight former honorees on ARTSblog.
Today’s project is The Peanut Farmer which was honored in 2012.
The Peanut Farmer is a legacy project for the 2010 Global Mural Conference, this portrayal of the “everyman” farmer studying his crop literally towers over all. It is intended to function on many levels; as an expression of the work ethic and spirituality of those who work the land; as a benevolent figure watching over the community; and as a representative focal point for the district and it’s stories. Completed in February 2011, this “icon of the South” is also intended to function as a beacon for tourism and economic development for a small community of 6,500.
Check out more photos of The Peanut Farmer below and remember to nominate a project in your area for the 2013 Year in Review!