Search ads by make

Press Releases

Hilton Head offers artistic perspective

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance to offer an artistic perspective
The 2011 Festival to feature Hilton Head Island’s Inaugural Public Art Exhibition

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival is excited to announce its partnership with The Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island this fall.  In addition to the over 500 cars, motorcycles, boats and even horse-drawn carriages that will be on-site during the Hilton Head Island portion of the Motoring Festival, Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2011, twenty large-scale outdoor sculptures will be on property and one piece will be selected for purchase by the Community Foundation’s Public Art Fund and contributed to the Town’s growing public art collection.

“With many believing automobiles fall under the same category as great pieces of art with their swooping lines, elegant designs, vibrant colors and lavish fabrics, this partnership further emphasizes the obvious connection between art and automobiles,” said Carolyn Vanagel, the Festival’s President.  “We’re excited to offer Motoring Festival attendees yet another feature that will enhance their experience on Hilton Head Island.”

Positioned amongst the Motoring Festival’s participating vehicles throughout the entire weekend, motoring enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view this selection of twenty unique outdoor sculptures that were chosen from an applicant pool of over 300 in this inaugural exhibit.  “During the Motoring Festival, we will be offering guided tours of the exhibit to offer more information and background on each of the selected pieces,” said Carolyn Torgersen of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, the managing organization for the Public Art Exhibition.  “Additionally, most if not all of the pieces are available for sale to the public, with a portion of any proceeds collected to be used to fund future Public Art Exhibitions.”  These sculptures are created in a variety of mediums from aluminum and wood to bronze and marble and represent a variety of styles from the literal to the abstract.  Dynamic stainless steel sculptures: Vortex by Barton Rubenstein, Swept Up by Kimberly Radochia, explore the polished surfaces, light reflection, and hard-edged forms of stainless steel, they engage us in dynamic forces through the repetition of shapes or orientations towards verticality.  Sculptures such as The Twins—Fulcrum I & II by Bill Brown or Standing Arch 5, reveal natural colors, surfaces, spatial contrasts, structure, and balance in steel. Other works in steel represent familiar human, animal, or organic sculptures, ranging from the elegant curve and leaf shape of Fortitude by Mark Kruke, to Kevin Eichner’s Modus Vivendi, which appears to grow like a tree from a foundation of rigid I-beams to organic scrolls and branches.

To further emphasize automobiles as art, the Motoring Festival will have on exhibit both days the BMW Art Bike, the BMW K 1100 RS that features the historical artwork of Native American artist, Lynn F. Burnette, Sr.  In the design featured on the motorcycle, Burnette tells the stories the Sioux and their struggle for freedom.  Learning this history as a young child growing up on the Rosebud (Lakota) Sioux Reservation near White River, SD, Burnette uses symbols of the Sioux culture and the geometric designs of the Plains Indians to depict this heritage.  Lynn Burnette will also be attending with additional art from his collection.


Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail