Dear Chelko Foundation family, friends and supporters.
We are proud to announce the completion and installation of a new Chelko Foundation Art Project on Freedom Park. You have had a profound and positive impact on our organization and this beautiful sculpture is dedicated to you.
Your gifts of time, talent and resources have help shape The Chelko Foundation in a way that serves not only Paul’s vision to end gender bias and empower women worldwide through art, education and partnership but the community as well.
Last year, we established The Chelko Foundation endowment at SCAD helping women who seek an education in the arts, the opportunity to achieve their goals.
Bodies as a Work of Art has become a must see event and we are proud to announce that this years roster of talent will include internationally recognized body painters as well as many of your favorite local artists.
Please stop by Freedom Park and enjoy the beautiful dancing woman who graces the hill… she is a symbol of empowerment.
In keeping with Paul Chelko’s vision to end gender bias and empower women world wide, The Chelko Foundation sculpture titled, One Woman Rising, sits atop the hill on FreedomPark. This highly visible landmark is inspired by Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising, a global day of action calling for the end of violence against women and girls.
Fabricated by Atlanta artisan Phil Proctor (Nucleus Sculpture Studio), assisted by Geo Brenick (Geo4Design), the abstract sculpted dancing woman speaks to the celebration of woman’s release from bondage empowering her to move into a new creative space.
Painted by World Champion body painters, Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco (Living Brush Bodypainting), the statue depicts the grace of the feminine form.
Surrounding the sculpture is a railing where viewers may use ribbons and markers (provided) to share their reasons for rising and other stories of empowerment and survival. Come and share yours….
** Photography by Thom Baker