Bricks for Kicks

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, January 16, 1998

Go with me? The destination is downtown and we're looking for art. Outdoor art we can view in jacket and jeans. Unusual art we can walk around, sit on, or touch. Durable art, that will last for generations, or already has.

Did you realize the red-and-blue Fireman Fountain near the courthouse was dedicated June 9, 1888? The graceful cast-iron Fischer-Evans Clock on Market Street has been telling us the time since 1883.

But imagine the staying power of brick! Can it be artistic? Sure it can, and we've got masonry art scattered all over town. Masonry Works in Public is brick sidewalk art for sitting, leaning or slouching. The Association for Visual Artists selects a new design each year and the Chattanooga Masonry Association awards the artist and builds the unique new piece.

Want to sit on "The Couch" at the corner of 2nd and Broad near the Aquarium? Don't count on comfort, but Katherine Neuhardt-Minor's design does have the distinction of being listed in the Smithsonian catalog.

Jim Collins has won twice with his designs of boats in brick. The dinghy-type is on Broad Street in front of Big River Grill. A paddle-wheeler, complete with smokestacks, decorates Market Street by Phat Wraps. You can't float these boats, but you can eat nearby!

There are four more pieces on Market Street with another scheduled for summer. Terry West's "Water Mill" sits by the river. Ceramic-tiled cats swim underwater in front of Sing Sing in Jane Yelliot's "Cat-Fish Fantasy." "An Opportunity for Conversation," a Lawrence Mathis design, is across from Miller Park. See the window in the wall?

The newest piece is Allen Hampton's "Antique Truck" near the Grand Hotel. Check its non-brick wheels and headlights. Ride the free shuttle from piece-to-piece, or just enjoy a winter walk. See you there.

Masonry Works, Chattanooga
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