Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and it’s undergoing a rebirth, thanks to efforts by the Macon Arts Alliance and the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority to establish it as a creative district.
To entice visitors to witness the neighborhood’s revitalization progress, Mill Hill artists-in-residence Jeni Hansen Gard and her husband, Forrest Sincoff Gard, have created the Macon Flowers Project. Every person who lives or works in Macon, or is visiting the city, is invited to the Mill Hill community center to make a clay flower, which the Gards will fire and assemble into a public art installation this spring.
“We were thinking about how the flower is a symbol of beauty and new growth,” Jeni says. “The project allows every person to come and touch the clay [that] comes from Lizella, seven miles from here. We’re using materials that are local to create a permanent representation of this time in history when we all came together.”
Check out this month’s Georgia Trend feature, “The Power of Creativity,”to find out more about Mill Hill and the economic advantages of creative districts around the state.
Photo by Jeni Hansen Gard