Motorists heading through Grove City in Mercer County may see something bright and a little different that catches their eye.
Two large pieces of artwork dubbed “parking structures” were unveiled in the downtown area on Friday. The city collaborated with at-risk students from George Junior Republic to build the sculptures specifically for the downtown.
This is the second year for the program.
The name of the program is Pointing the Way. Glen Sanders, fine arts program director at George Junior Republic, said the name comes from the fact that the sculptures are helping to point visitors to places where they can park in downtown Grove City.
“It also was a name that we came up with to describe an opportunity for the students we work with at George Junior to develop skills by working on this. And hopefully they can see they can point a new direction in their life and move on to better things,” Sanders said.
The students are from the welding program and the Art 2.0 fine arts program, an after-school volunteer program where they design the sculptures. Sanders said two sculptures are picked and are taken to the welding department for construction and then the auto body program where the sculptures are painted.
“It’s actually pretty amazing. I never thought I would do something like this,” said student Trevor Minnick.
It took the students six months to finish the sculptures.
Sanders said the artwork also is aimed at attracting more visitors to downtown. There are currently six sculptures on display and the goal is to have 10 installed within the next few years.