Friday, October 31, 2014

PTC dedicates sculptures, plaque to founding fathers


By Pat Cooper

With the background of the kind of weather Peachtree City residents brag about, the crown jewel of one of the city’s most anticipated projects was unveiled on Sunday afternoon.
The dedication has been 55 years in the making. In 2009, according to Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch, as Peachtree City was celebrating its 50th anniversary, the city was approached by Georgia sculptor Andy Davis with a proposal for two sculptures to commemorate that milestone.
“He envisioned creating busts of our first mayor and one of the original architects of Peachtree City,” said Fleisch. That would be Joel Cowan, the young man with the vision, and long time Fayette County businessman and Peachtree City supporter Floy Farr.
The two are, without doubt, cornerstones of the city’s successful development over the past 50 plus years. Davis felt that both gentlemen represented the pioneer spirit that created Peachtree City, and that the sculptures, as public art, would serve as artifacts to inspire and educate future generations, said Fleisch. As part of that commission, Davis worked with a local committee to raise donations for the sculptures themselves.
“The committee included some long-time residents and business people who love this city, and they felt the two sculptures would communicate our history more effectively if set in a broader context. By working with several talented local agencies, the concept of the Founders Corner and History Time Line were fleshed out and designed.”
The Founders Corner marks the start of the city’s History Timeline that will circle the plaza. The first 100 years of the timeline will be set in the ground, inside the sidewalk, and extend around to the Library entrance. Important events and accomplishments will be marked by plaques along the line.
The first plaque is in place, and there are drafts for the remaining six plaques that talk about the history of this area prior to the 1959 creation of Peachtree City.
The display was made possible by several major donors and sponsors, including; The Rotary Club of Peachtree City, The Floy Farr family, Coweta-Fayette EMC, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Global Aviation Holdings, Edgar and Mary Chapman, Dr. Gordon Fleming, Betsy Tyler, Scott Bradshaw, Frederick Brown, Jr., Paula and Dan Dougherty, Hollis Harris, Mrs. Dolly Morgan, Jim and Marilyn Royal, Iola Snow, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Thomas, Steve and Jan Boone, Steve Brown, Floy Far Rotary Foundation, Wayne Griffin, W.W. “Bud” Jones, Larry and Frances Meaders, Dan Tennant, David and Alicia Conner, Katherine H. Creager, Bob and Ann Garrard, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Guilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Thomas, and Mrs. Beth Viall. In kind builders contributions include from Historical Concepts, Hooten Land Design, Lorber and Associates, Jerry Peterson, Peterson Planning and W.D. Gray Associates.


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