GREENSBORO, N.C. — Hundreds of people attended the The Rotary Club of Greensboro's art show celebrating the completion of the Joseph M. Bryan Carousel House. The structure will be home to the Rotary Club of Greensboro's carousel.
Guests who attended the event Tuesday were able to see some of the animals that will be a part of the carousel and watched as artists sculpted more pieces.
The carousel itself has not been installed, but is expected to be complete late this spring.
Bernie Mann came up with the idea to build a carousel when he was the rotary club’s president more than 10 years ago.
“It is something that we could all appreciate and all be able to say, ‘We love Greensboro, this is our home and we're giving back to the community,’” Mann said.
The carousel, located by the Greensboro Science Center, will feature 56 animals and two handicap accessible chariots. Most of the custom creatures have a local connection to the area. Some of the pieces are sculpted to look like animals at the Greensboro Science Center.
“We try to make it as authentic as we can,” said Marilyn Richite, a painter at Carousel Works, a company out of Ohio. “I will look up their breed their color and accents on them.”
“I can't wait to bring my grandchildren here,” Mann said.
John Rosser, the chief of staff of the Rotary Carousel LLC., says this project is an example of service above self. Hundreds of people donated to raise around $3 million for the project. It is a true test to what the Rotary Club of Greensboro has done for the community.
The Rotary Club of Greensboro celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2017.
“This is our hundredth anniversary gift to the community,” Rosser said.
Rosser expects it to be enjoyed by many generations to come.
“One hundred years from now we will still be having children and grandchildren enjoying what is going on now,” Rosser said.
Once the carousel is complete, proceeds from admissions will go to the Greensboro Science Center.