‘The Pink Tower’ rises
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Dec 02, 2013 | 2583 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Greenway’s newest sculpture a hit
NEHEMIAH COLEMAN, from left, stretches on his stomach while mom Noelle Coleman helps Amalia Coleman walk across a block of “The Pink Tower” at Tinsley Park. Liliana Coleman, far right, jumps from one block to another. Banner photo, JOYANNA LOVE
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“The Pink Tower” interactive sculpture has taken shape on the Tinsley Park stretch of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway.

This latest addition of art to the linear park adds to the pieces on loan from local sculptor Josh Coleman.

With the piece, Coleman said he wanted to focus on “changing the perspective, enlarging it in such a way that you see it in a different way.

“It reopens a new way of seeing it,” Coleman said.

He said “The Yellow Chair,” the first sculpture he loaned to the Greenway follows a similar premise.

“I don’t usually enlarge things … I go for a theme that I think is going to be effective in how the audience wants/needs to interact with it,” Coleman said.

Coleman drew inspiration for the piece from Montessori education. Montessori Schools use an activity called “The Pink Tower,” a series of 10 blocks that are stacked as a tower, to reinforce math principles.

The sculpture is accessible on the Greenway as part of partnership between Coleman and the local Montessori school, Montessori Kinder.

“I have a big burden for creating experiences and I feel like whatever I begin to design that is going to be enjoyed by the public … I want them to be able to experience it in such a way that they can interact, play with it, climb on it and really transform the pleasure and the beauty of enjoying something for what it is,” Coleman said.

Greenway board chairman Cameron Fisher said he is thankful for the art awareness that Coleman’s work has brought to Bradley County.

“I love my Cleveland and I just enjoy seeing these things and the price I pay to get it out there is invaluable to watch people enjoy it,” Coleman said.

Plans for the future include placing plaques at each of the sculptures to show the artist’s point of view on the piece.

“All three of the pieces are extremely conceptual,” Coleman said.

Each of the pieces also showcases a different artistic style. Coleman said he hoped other local artists would be inspired to offer work for use on the Greenway to expand the types of art those using the linear park can enjoy.

Fisher said the latest work of art is also a part of a goal of using the sculptures to help walkers and runners know how far they have gone.

The sculptures are placed using the Mohawk Drive end of the Greenway as a starting point. “The Pink Tower” now sits one mile from the start. “The Yellow Chair” is two miles out. The Church of God offices are three miles from the Mohawk Drive starting point. “Lovers out for a stroll,” the sculpture that sits on the Greenway near the post office is at 3 1/2 miles from the starting point.