Public Art Commission paver design coming to fruition at new police station

The plaza at the entrance to the new Waynesville Police Station is nearing completion. Workers are placing the final touches to the brick paver design that captures the heritage of the town of Waynesville.

Courtney Boessel, a rising senior at Tuscola High School, submitted the winning design for the plaza pavers, titled “Patchwork Community.” Boessel said her concept pays homage to quilting, which is a popular craft in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

“My art teacher, Donna Rhodes, was showing me some books about quilt patterns and I thought that would make a great design because of the geometric shapes in quilts,” Boessel said.

The focal point of the walkway in her design is a large log cabin square, a popular quilting pattern in the Appalachia region.

The Waynesville Public Art Commission sponsored the design competition for Tuscola High School Students. Given the theme “A Heritage of Service and Friendship,” the students were asked to submit sketches for a brick paver design to be installed at the outdoor plaza area in front of Waynesville’s new police station.

Boessel’s sketch was among three chosen as finalists.

The Waynesville Public Art Commission also has commissioned celebrated sculptor Wayne Trapp to create the “Celebrating Folkmoot” artwork, which will be installed in November in the landscaped area between the two retaining walls at the Waynesville Police Station. Trapp’s interpretation of “Celebrating Folkmoot” will be a bold and lasting reminder of the friendships created between Haywood County residents and performers from around the world.

To learn more about the Waynesville Public Art Commission and their projects, contact the Downtown Waynesville Association at 828.456.3517, or visit the Town of Waynesville Web site and click on the public art tab.

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