SFA preparing for new sculpture exhibit

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Stephen F. Austin State University art and agriculture departments are finishing up the new "Sculpture for All" display at the SFA arboretum, just in time for the annual Azalea Trail event.

"I was astounded at how this has turned out," Research Associate Dawn Striver said. "Everyone of these pieces has really taken my breath away."

If you walk around the arboretum over the next 10 months and you will see some unique displays.

"We've been focused on making this an art place and bringing art into the gardens," Visiting art professor Jeff Brewer said.

The exhibits include bamboo trees made out of medicine bottles, a giant stroller and even giant versions of the green army men children across America play with.

"The art just adds another dimension to the gardens," Strover said. "It is definitely a talking piece."

The project has been narrowed down to 10 finalists from across the nation, all of which have brought their unique style to the project.

"We tried to get it to be a diverse set of works," Brewer said. "We want to make it available and accessible to a lot of different viewers of art."

Brewer said one main reason for bringing the exhibit in is the chance to open a new venue of culture in Nacogdoches.

"Nacogdoches is isolated so it is nice to bring the art to people who may not get to see it," Brewer said.

The works range in size and material, but all serve the same purpose of brining new beauty to the garden capital of Texas.

"It is just an absolute natural fit to have art in a garden," Strover said. "To have beauty created by man and beauty created by god is perfect."

So if you stumble upon a giant raven or a deer, don't be alarmed, just admire the beauty.

Nine of the 10 pieces are already installed. The tenth piece is on its way from California.

The pieces can already be viewed but the official grand opening is scheduled for Friday march 28 at 5 p.m.

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