Art and golf collide in Augusta’s first “Art Cart,” a public art project now ready for its first installation.
The project, developed by Greater Augusta Arts Council and Textron Specialized Vehicles, features a stationary golf car outfitted with seating, a bike rack, solar panels to charge handheld devices and body panels adorned with original art.
The council’s call for artists last year resulted in a winning entry from local artist Richard T. Worth, who told organizers he “believes in creating realistic art that is easily understood” and enjoys concealing hidden images in his art that will draw people back for a second look, according to a report going to the Augusta Commission on Tuesday.
The project was controversial when the council announced it in late 2016. Members of Augusta’s arts community ridiculed the project as “plop art” that lacks public input and reduces artists to decorators.
Worth’s work, titled “City of Stars,” features famous Augustans James Brown, Bobby Jones, Jessye Norman and Butterfly McQueen as well as an image of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.
Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Downtown Development Authority originally wanted the project to go in the center of Broad Street, according to the agenda item. But the city Planning and Development department disagreed – and the Augusta Public Defender’s Office offered a portion of its campus for the installation.
The Art Cart will go on the wide sidewalk between the public defender’s office – located in the remodeled former main library on Greene Street – and the defender’s office parking lot, according to the agenda item.