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THE ARTS SCENE

IX ART PARK CELEBRATES THE CULTURE, ARTISTIC CREATIVITY AND COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF CHARLOTTESVILLE

Art Park IX

Dream Big. The simple phrase that looms large on the wall of a warehouse overlooking the IX Art Park captures both the spirit and motto of this downtown oasis. Born out of a chance meeting at the 2013 Burning Man festival between Brian Wimer (seen at right), a community leader and filmmaker, and Ludwig Kuttner, a local developer and philanthropist, the IX Art Park is the intersection of art and community in Charlottesville. It’s a blank slate where all are welcome and encouraged to take part in creating a place as well as a community. Home to murals, numerous art installations, and an urban salamander and butterfly habitat, the park is a community project. Christian Breeden’s “Head of Zeus” (seen at left) is merely one of the many structures at the park, and his “Josephine” sculpture—a 30-foot skeleton—will soon return for all to be inspired. Adam Sulton’s geometric landscape, “Thinking in Color” (seen above), and the “Book Habitat”

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Wine & Country Living Spring 2017  

Wine & Country Living Spring 2017