I hope that it conveys a sense of community that we can see in ourselves and in each other, it is a reflection of not just what happens, but what can happen. -Derek White
The metal sculpture depicts silhouettes of people enjoying typical downtown riverfront activities and features mirrors. Artist Derek White was commissioned to create the artwork, and has worked on projects at other Knoxville sports such as at Ijams Nature Center.
“I hope that it conveys a sense of community that we can see in ourselves and in each other,” he said. “It is a reflection of not just what happens, but what can happen.”
In a convivial gathering featuring music by the Dirty Dougs, the RiverHill Gateway Neighborhood Association officially presented the piece of art - “ki-neti-ik” - to the city of Knoxville.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero called it another example of the city’s strong interest in promoting art.
“One thing I love about Knoxville is our appreciation for local art,” she said. “We can’t seem to get enough of it.”
The artwork - which, including signage, cost about $23,000 and was paid for through various donations and individual contributions - is made of carbon steel and Super 8 mirrored stainless steel. Highlighted by a metal background representing water, the display features silhouettes of a boy and a dog, canoeists, joggers, a fisherman, a great blue heron and a sun-moon orb.