Public art becomes holiday focus near Gastonia

December 17, 2017 by  

Economic development officer for Bessemer City, Joshua Ross, recently began painting the windows of vacant buildings in the city to push public art.

Ross hopes his efforts will draw traffic into town from such close by cities as Gastonia, and bring new businesses to the area.

Ross said that this project has been in the planning stages for several years, but it was decided that this was the year to make it happen. Public art came to the forefront in the city after Centennial Park was built last year. The park is the focus of the downtown strip and has large interchangeable art pieces that hang on vinyl.

Ross added that it is hoped that art will help to highlight some of the great places and buildings in town. He hopes to repeat this project every holiday season from now on.

Volunteers joined Ross to paint art inspired by Christmas in the windows of buildings that do not have tenants in the downtown area. Temporary paint is being used and will be on display throughout the month.

Ross said that many people have praised the art, and it drew their attention to these vacant buildings.

Flyers are often used to attract large numbers of people to projects like this one, and to the downtown area for holiday shopping.