Public Art

LexArts is a leader in the development of Lexington’s burgeoning public art program.

Origins - Artist Christopher Weed

LexArts Inc., in association with 2nd District Council Member Shevawn Akers and the LFUCG Corridors Commission, in early 2014 issued a call to artists for the creation of public art that enhances the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge, located just south of the intersection of Main Street and Newtown Pike. The call resulted in over 100 submissions from across the United States, Canada and Europe.

The selection committee comprised of artists, arts professionals and community leaders narrowed  the field of artists to three and those three were brought to Lexington to develop site specific proposals. The proposals were on display for public discussion at ArtsPlace in January 2015. After thorough review by the selection committee, and including public input, Christopher Weed's Origins was chosen to be realized. Weed's proposal is a symbolic gesture to the charring of oak barrels used in the aging of bourbon. Origins is one of the largest public art projects the city of Lexington has ever commissioned.

Said juror Andrea Fisher of Transylvania University, speaking on behalf of the committee, "It was the work of Colorodoan Christopher Weed that captured the history and aspirations of Lexington most profoundly. His abstracted interpretation of burning bourbon barrels is a perfect gateway into the Distillery District and the classical element of flame is an appropriate counterpoint to the waters of Town Branch running below the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge. Furthermore, the light sculptures resemble glowing torches, emblematic of hope, energy, and passion, wonderful descriptors of Lexington's current zeitgeist."



Breeders' Cup Beautification

LexArts, in partnership with LFUCG's Corridors Commission, installed fifteen public artworks enhancing several main thoroughfares into Lexington.