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Art goes public in Ocean Springs


By David Elliott – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A gust of wind activates a kinetic sculpture at Little Children's Park in Ocean Springs. A sculpture called Wise One greets visitors outside the Ocean Springs Library. A beautiful sculpture of a Mississippi Wildflower adds color to the lobby at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center.

"Ocean Springs is a great art community, but the one thing we lack is sculptures," Herb Moore said.

Moore and others in Ocean Springs have formed a committee called PAPOS, which stands for Public Art Project of Ocean Springs.

Using a combination of private donations and grants the group is on a mission to bring five sculptures to Ocean Springs. All the pieces will be in public places so people have access to the art.

Ocean Springs artist Trailer McQuilken makes incredible pieces based on plant life created by nature. McQuilken is excited about the project.

"I think it's important that they're doing this in Ocean Springs. They've also reached out to artists from other areas of the country," McQuilken said.

For instance, the Wise One sculpture was done by an artist from Denver, Colorado. The moving sculpture in the Little Children's Park was created by a sculptor from Orca Island, Washington.

PAPOS is preparing to expand the program.

"We hope to finish this five year project and start another one. We would like to establish a walking sculpture tour in the city," Moore said.

The next sculpture will be placed at the Chamber of Commerce Center in the old train depot.

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