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Artist: Herb Williams Location: 2801 Smith Springs Rd, Nashville, TN 37217 After months of research and engagements with area residents, Herb Williams created the suspended sculpture Sky Lake. Unveiled at Smith Springs Community Center's July opening, Sky Lake is composed of more than 100 cut pieces of pigmented and dichroic acrylic in various shapes -- iridescent clouds, apple trees and mason jars -- each symbolizing a facet of the history of Smith Springs, including the Tennessee Valley Authority’s flooding of the community in 1964 to create Percy Priest Lake. The shapes converge to form a deconstructed lake, floating in the center’s entryway and reflecting--literally and figuratively--the legacy of the community. At the center of the installation is a water pump, a tribute to the submerged natural spring that still feeds the lake. “I wanted to play with transparency, light and space to evoke water and sky,” said Williams, “and I especially wanted to pay homage to the lake itself and to the people and history of Smith Springs.” The artist was influenced by several icons in art who have transformed the idea of a suspended work of art that Alexander Calder made famous. Contemporary artists such as Do-Ho Suh, Emmanuelle Moureaux, Michael Murphy, Cai Guo-Qiang, Nick Cave and Claire Morgan helped steer the many revisions that led to the final iconic footprint and design of Sky Lake.
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