Six new 4-foot tall, vibrantly painted oyster sculptures will soon be on public display in various parks and areas in the town of Mount Pleasant.
The town’s Cultural Arts and Pride Commission (CAP) selected a half-dozen artists to turn white, fiberglass sculptures into intricate masterpieces.
The artists and the titles/descriptions of the new commissioned pieces are:
- Vanessa Grebe, Postcard from Mount Pleasant
- Julie Wheat, Paddleboarding at Sunset
- Mimi Wood, George Washington’s Southern Road Trip
- Marie Slone, Magnolias
- Johanna Hughes, Kids Going to the Beach
- Rick Sargent, Casting a Net
Art on the Half Shell was an idea that town councilmember G.M. Whitley brought to CAP in 2019. CAP receives ATAX funds, which were used to purchase the fiberglass sculptures, pay the artists and purchase installation materials.
Each artist was paid a $750 stipend for their work. Artists interested in painting future oyster sculptures for Art on the Half Shell can apply at bit.ly/ArtHalfShell.
There are currently 11 completed oysters and one expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
The 40-pound sculptures are available for business sponsorship. Hricik Law Firm sponsored the George Washington oyster sculpture that will be installed at the bus shelter near Mount Pleasant Town Hall.
The Recreation Department is finalizing locations for the remaining five oyster sculptures. They will all remain on display in the lobby of town hall for the next few weeks.