KSU students design Aviation Park signage

Aviation Park signage design by KSU student. A silver sculpture spelling out "Aviation Park" topped with metal depictions of paper airplanesAviation Park signage design (rendering provided by Town Center CID)

In a press release, the Town Center Community Improvement District (CID) and the Town Center Community Alliance unveiled the design for signage at Aviation Park, created by Kennesaw State University students from the Master Craftsman program.

The Master Craftsman program is part of the KSU School of Art and Design. It is capped at 10 participants, and is open to anyone interested in art.

“Non-sculpture majors love it because you don’t have to have sculpting skills to take it,” said program coordinator Page Burch in a July KSU news release. “That is one of things exciting about our program. We draw our students from across many disciplines.”

The sign will be at the entrance to the park at the corner of Barrett Lakes Boulevard and Cobb Place Boulevard, near the end of the Cobb International Airport runway.

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According to the press release:

The artistic team at KSU took inspiration from flight, aviation, play and childlike fun when designing the piece. The 19-foot-wide stainless-steel sign will display the name of the park and feature paper airplane-like structures with some as tall as 10 feet. Fabrication for the sign has begun, and installation is expected to be complete in December of this year.

“As children, one of the first ways we engage with the idea of flight is with paper airplanes. We wanted this piece to be fun and light, as well as serve as an iconic sign for the park,” said Jennifer Hogan, director of the Town Center Community Alliance.

Aviation Park opened in November of 2017, and features a space for airplane viewing, a playground area, parking and restrooms.

According to the press release:

This sign is just one of several ways the Alliance is working to enhance Aviation Park. Alongside KSU’s Department of Museums, Archives, and Rare Books, the Alliance unveiled plans for phase II of the park, including a plane display, several art, history, and S.T.E.M.-focused exhibits, and other innovative installations. Each exhibit will be interactive and have a curriculum available. To learn more about how you can be a part of this project, visit http://www.towncentercid.com/projects/aviation-park/.

The Town Center CID was founded in 1997, and supports community improvement projects, funded in part by voluntary commercial real estate taxes from businesses in the area.

The Town Center CID describes the Town Center Community Alliance as follows:

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Established by the Town Center CID in 2015, the Town Center Community Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to shaping the future of Town Center by supporting and funding beautification, greenspace and other quality of life initiatives that help foster a sense of place within the district. The Alliance seeks to preserve and enhance the area’s natural beauty while creating opportunities for outdoor recreation by developing parks, trails, landscapes, artwork displays and other quality of life initiatives.

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