Catching up with Greg Mendez: A Grateful 2019

January, for many, tends to be a time where goals and ambitions come into focus. Macon Sculpture Walk was able to catch up with sculptor Greg Mendez, who is displaying Elli3 on Third and Cherry, to see what goals he has set for the new year, and his plans as an artist.

Greg’s dynamic is equally enthusiast and calm. He’s passionate about sculpture and has a steady demeanor from his years of being a full-time artist.

“I don’t ever want to get to the point where I take for granted some of the opportunities I get through sculpture. Starting each year with this thought keeps my goals realistic.”

For Greg, it’s important that he continues working as a sculpture full-time. In addition to creating incredible works of art, he’s been able to travel across the country to display his work.

“One thing I would like to do [in 2019] is take better care of myself. Eat better. Exercise more. Sleep consistent. Sculpture is very physical and I want to become more efficient in creating work.”

Perhaps, just maybe, if we follow the same plan as Greg, we could all come a little closer to accomplishing our 2019 goals.


Next time you’re in downtown Macon, make your way to Third and Cherry, to see Elli3. This figure was inspired by a cheerful 10-year-old girl dancing with her shadow. You may notice that much of the sculpture appears to move upward, light carefree and happy.


About Greg

Greg Mendez lives in downtown Decatur, IN with his wife Tiffany, and their bunnies. Greg graduated from the University of Saint Francis’ School of Creative Arts. His sculptures are primarily metal figures. Elli3 is available for purchase. For more information, email info@maconsculpturewalk.com

Elli3

The Countdown Begins

We’re days away from unveiling a one-year installation in downtown Macon. Really, we could count down to the Artist Party in a matter of hours.

So here’s what’s going on, and why we’re so excited.

Of the several incredible entries submitted to Macon Sculpture Walk, four have been selected to be displayed over the next year. (For you fellow art lovers, these sculptures will be available for purchase.) They will be located at Mulberry & Second, Third & Cherry, Poplar & Third, and Turpin Park.

Join us Thursday, November 29 at 6p, at Travis Jean Emporium for our Artist Party where you can meet the artists and get a sneak peak of the sculptures before they’re installed.

Friday, the artists will install the sculptures downtown. Then, Saturday at noon, they will be revealed to the public (weather permitting.)

Hope to see you soon!

Exciting news y'all

Announcing the artists for the Macon Sculpture Walk

On December 1, four sculptures will be revealed in downtown Macon. These sculptures will be on display for one year, available to the public to enjoy. (For you art lovers, they’ll also be available for sale.)


Come party with the artists on November 29 at Travis Jean Emporium.

The artists were juried against their peers from Georgia and across the U.S. Let us say, there were some incredible sculptures submitted for display.

And now… the artists! Greg Mendez, Alex Mendez, and Nathan Pierce have been selected to display their artwork in downtown Macon.

About the Artists

Greg Mendez

Greg was raised in the rural town of Decatur, IN. He studied at the University of St. Francis School of Creative Arts in Ft. Wayne, IN graduating with a B.F.A. in sculpture. Greg’s sculptures have been included in many juried public displays throughout the United States, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards.

Alex Mendez

Alex was raised in Decatur, IN. (Yes, Greg and Alex are brothers.) His love of music influences his artwork today. Alex studied music at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. When he’s not in the workshop creating art, you can most likely find him with his guitar.

Nathan Pierce

Son of a stone-mason, Nathan’s father taught him the value of craftmanship. The abstract contemporary forms of Nathan Pierce's public art installations are softly rooted in the notion of technology and communication, and the role that it plays in everyday life. His sculptures, no matter the surrounding landscape, offer a counterpoint to the viewers perception of place and time.


You can meet the artists, and get a sneak-peak of the sculptures before they’re displayed on November 29 at Travis Jean Emporium.

Macon Sculpture Walk: Artist Party
November 29, 6p - 8p
Travis Jean Emporium
FREE ADMISSION

Major Announcement: Locations Selected

Drum roll please….

We are excited to announce the four locations to the inaugural Macon Sculpture Walk. Here we go!

Location 1: Mulberry and Second

Mulberry and Second Street

Mulberry and Second Street

One of the corridors into downtown Macon, auto and pedestrian traffic frequently pass by Mulberry and Second street. This location is rich with history, art, entertainment, and more which is why we chose it as the first location to unveil a sculpture.

Location 2: Cherry Street

Cherry Street

Cherry Street

Cherry Street is such a happening place. In fact, this is where we frequently run into those we know as we’re passing through downtown. This is why we chose it as the second location to unveil a sculpture as we pursue our goal of making art accessible to all.

Location 3: Poplar and Third

Poplar and Third

Poplar and Third

When we think of development and growth in downtown Macon, we often think of Poplar St. (Then we think about one of our favorite nearby coffee shops.) This is why Poplar and Third is our third location to unveil a sculpture.

Location Four: Turpin Park

Turpin Park

Turpin Park

From one side of downtown, to another, the inaugural event will conclude at Turpin Park. The fourth sculpture will be unveiled under these green canopies.


Later this week we’re announcing a few events, and we can’t wait to share those with y’all.


As Macon Sculpture Walk continues to grow, there is the possibility of including more locations in the years to come. From the Otis Redding statue in the Charles H Jones Gateway Park to the bears at Tattnall Square, we have our eyes set on walk-able locations throughout our downtown community.

The Nuts and Bolts

We get this question a lot. "What is Macon Sculpture Walk anyway?"
In short, Macon Sculpture Walk is an exciting year-round exhibit of outdoor sculptures.

Starting in December 2018, four juried artists will display their work for one year in downtown Macon, GA.

2014, Decatur Sculpture Tour Dancing Gear, Greg Mendez

2014, Decatur Sculpture Tour
Dancing Gear, Greg Mendez

Before the sculptures are unveiled, the community will have the chance to meet the artists and preview the sculptures. Then, on December 1, the sculptures will be unveiled.

2014 Decatur Sculpture Tour Lighter Than Stone, Greg Mendez

2014 Decatur Sculpture Tour
Lighter Than Stone, Greg Mendez

Over the next year, the sculptures will remain on display to connect, inspire, and beautify downtown Macon.

A family checks out a sculpture at Decatur Sculpture Tour. Listen To The Music, Curtis Rose

A family checks out a sculpture at Decatur Sculpture Tour.
Listen To The Music, Curtis Rose

We look forward to celebrating with y'all!

A Love Note

One of the things we love about downtown Macon is how connected it makes us feel.

If you are a regular (and we hope y'all are) then chances are you'll run into someone you know when walking around.

Macon Sculpture Walk is our love note to downtown. Our goal is to help make art accessible to all. To help connect us a little more. And maybe create a little inspiration along the way.

All of this would not be possible if it were not for the help of many. But please allow us to give our thanks to the generous support from The Downtown Challenge Grant of Central Georgia and the Downtown Macon Community Association.