Artist wants local representation for large public art project

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – An artist from Massachusetts is planning to design the second large public art display along Greensboro's Downtown Greenway but local artist Jeff Beck says a someone local should have received the $200,000 contract.   

"You have artist that have been here all of their lives and have a sense of Greensboro and the downtown area,” he said. 

Action Greensboro, the group behind the Downtown Greenway, held a nationwide search and decided the team from Massachusetts had the most experience in designing large public art displays. 

Also a number of pieces along the Downtown Greenway like "Neighborhood Benches" and the "Under Over Pass" were designed by local artists. 

The team from Massachusetts will be in Greensboro this week and say they want to hear ideas about the next major artwork.  

A public meeting is planned Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the offices of Action Greensboro at 317 S. Elm Street in Greensboro.