The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance will partner with the Public Art Exhibition during the Hilton Head Island portion of the Concours on Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, Festival officials announced Monday.
The twenty large-scale outdoor sculptures that were recently installed make up the Public Art Exhibition at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island. 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.
Scattered among the vehicles throughout the entire weekend, motoring enthusiasts can view the twenty unique outdoor sculptures that were chosen from 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.
Two local artists have their works on display as part of the Public Art Exhibition, which has brought together the work of artists from across the country.
Bluffton artist Stephen Kishel said his Reaching for Sunshine is constantly changing with its surroundings. “It never looks the same,” Kishel said of the piece that was inspired by the marsh.
Hilton Head artist Kevin Eichner, who moved to the Island two years ago, has Modus Vivendi, made of recycled steel, on display.
“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 Motoring Festival’s President. “We’re excited to offer Motoring Festival attendees yet another feature that will enhance their experience on Hilton Head Island.”
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. Burnette will also be attending with additional art from his collection.
Recently named to the Southeast Tourism Society’s ‘Top 20 Events’ list, the tenth annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will take place from October 28-November 6, 2011 with venues at both The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort on Hutchinson Island (Savannah, GA) and the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC.