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Sculpture Fields is always a memorable and remarkable experience no matter what season you visit. The park’s moods are fantastically mercurial.
But when the park comes alive with a special event, it’s a true celebration with amazing music, tasty fare from food trucks, beer and liquor tents, playful kid activities and other stunning entertainment.
Sculptures in the Sky
November 3, 2018
Get ready for some high-flying family fun when the skies at the 33-acre Sculpture Fields will be filled with colossal and colorful kites, stunt kites and Rokkaku battle kites at the Sculptures in the Sky event. Sculpture Fields is partnering with River City Kites and Chattanooga Presents River Rocks for this free event, which takes place from noon-6 p.m. at 1800 Polk St., which turns off of Main Street on the Southside.
In addition to the kites, visitors also will enjoy performances, local food trucks and a beer tent.
Some kites will be massive, spanning 20 feet, which are so large they must be anchored to the ground. Kids will be able to race parachute-like kites (bols) in what fliers call Running with the Bols. Children will be able to come and fly their own EPB Fiber Optics kite (available from 12p while supplies last).
Organizers for the event said they are hoping for ideal kite-flying weather. The best wind is a stable 10-12 mph.
“Kites originated in China where someone might have seen a leaf blowing down the path and thought to attach a string,” said Chuck Jones, owner of the River City Kites. “Kites have developed into a true art form and are now flown all over the world.”
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MainX24 East Main Block Party at Sculpture Fields – BYOP (Bring Your Own Pet)
Dec. 1, 2018
Catch the double-decker bus, bike or drive to the East Main Street Block Party at Sculpture Fields during the 12th annual MainX24 festival for family fun, food and music. Between 2 – 5 p.m., just a little farther down Main Street at 1800 Polk St., visitors can experience an international sculpture park with 36 colossal sculptures. There’s also an after-the-parade party pets in this dog-friendly, 33-acre park, pet adoptions and pet obstacle course. In addition, guests can create their own aluminum Holiday Castings led by nationally recognized sculptor Isaac Duncan, III. Sculpture Fields, Habitat for Humanity and The Wheelhouse will help bring other East Main businesses to the fun at the fields. Admission is free.
Past events this year.
All Aboard Sculpture Train Excursion
September 22, 2018
Catch the Barnett & Co. Railroad at Sculpture Fields for an elegant dinner as you rock and roll on the rails to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and back to the park. The event kicks off with a pre-party in the park with cocktails, performers and music among the 50 pieces of monumental-scale sculptures.
Tickets are $250 per person, and tables of 4 can be reserved. Price includes pre-party and dinner aboard the train. The event has limited seating, so reservations are first come, first served.
Spring in the Park
April 07 - Saturday
11am - 10pm
It’s a day of family fun on the Southside when Sculpture Fields celebrates its second anniversary with Spring in the Park. Enjoy live music, picnic from fun food trucks, visit the beer tent, experience artists creating their paintings and drawings outdoors, check out the new children’s area and finish off the day with witnessing the awe-inspiring sculpture burn of a 30-foot wooden structure by artist Andrew Nigh when he sets his creation ablaze.
Andrew Nigh has been designing and creating his pyrokinetic outdoor sculptures for more than 15 years. Each sculpture is designed to inspire emotional interaction with the viewer.
The monumental wood sculpture Nigh is creating for this year’s Spring in the Park is titled Aster Origamus. It will have five structural angled stanchions, with petals protruding from each one. The towering 30-foot sculpture will come to life as the sculpture is lit. The petals will unfold as the fire reaches each one, as if they are blossoming. At the same time other various flame-enhancing effects will provide kinetic movement.
Pop-Up Project and Ballet Tennessee
The Pop-up Project partnered with Ballet Tennessee to produce 'Anchors'. a dance film honoring the Fallen Five at Sculpture Fields in Chattanooga, TN.