We had the good fortune of spending Sunday afternoon in Morehead Park at the grand opening of the hub of the Downtown Greenway. This section of the greenway is inviting to pedestrians and bikers alike. From humans to leashed canines, fun was had by all. In the above photo, you see two of the gates inside the 1928 underpass of a railroad trestle that has been abandoned since the 1970's. The gates, have LED lights that change color before your eyes. Between the colorful light show and the diverse patterns in the art-deco inspired gates, the space is a visual feast. Jim Gallucci designed the gates, finding inspiration in the Southern Bell office building located, nearby, in downtown Greensboro. Scott Richardson is the brilliant designer of the interactive lighting effects.
Above, you see several people involved with the event. They are listening to the very inspiring speech of Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), who was praising Greensboro for its public art. The project was partially funded by an NEA grant.* Mayor Pro Tem, Yvonne Johnson is seated in the purple suit. Artists Jim Gallucci and Scott Richardson are immediately to the right of the photographer (with Jim wearing a hat). Churk Cornelio is in the front row wearing a red shirt. He served as speaker and emcee. Mr. Cornelio is an executive at Lincoln Financial Group, one of the major donors for the project. To his left is Linda Carlisle, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
If you get a chance, make this park one of your weekend destinations. We hope organizations will continue to use this space and hold events here. Parking is readily available and it is a great way to bring the community together. Greensboro......... come on down!
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