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Sculpture Unveiling and Mayoral Proclamation at Johnson City Public Library
Johnson City, TN
04/22/2019 04:29 PM

JOHNSON CITY – On Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m., Johnson City Public Library will host a sculpture unveiling ceremony and become a designated pollinator-friendly site through a proclamation by Mayor Jenny Brock. The sculpture, called “Pollination,” is made of welded steel and was created by local artist and ETSU art professor emerita Catherine Murray. It will be placed in front of the library in a planned pollinator garden. The sculpture project was coordinated by Martha Alfonso and made possible by a generous donation from James Granger in honor of his deceased wife Mary. All ages are welcome to attend the ceremony. What’s the Buzz Johnson City is donating small potted sunflower seeds to the first 50 children at the event.

The library’s commitment to becoming a pollinator-friendly site began in 2014 when the City of Johnson City was awarded a Green Development Grant offered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conversation, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Stormwater Association that would send rainwater from the library’s roof to a pollinator meadow on the front lawn. The project was a collaboration with the City of Johnson City’s Department of Public Works, ETSU Downtown, ETSU Department of Geosciences and private partners LDA Engineering and Siteworks Studios. The sculpture installation is another step in the completion of this green infrastructure pollinator project. Thanks to a generous donation from What’s the Buzz, Shy Valley Farm Studio & Garden will landscape the sculpture area with native plants in mid-May. 

For more information about the sculpture unveiling, contact Cathy Griffith at 423-434-4463. Learn more about Johnson City Public Library’s work by visiting, calling 423-434-4450 or dropping by the library at 100 West Millard Street. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Cathy Griffith
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