The Children's Sculpture Garden
Created by the children of Monte Sano Elementary School
The Pendleton King Park Children’s Sculpture Garden designed and built by Monte Sano fourth and fifth graders is featured in the latest issue of Southern Living Magazine. The project named Monte Sano Morning was completed in 2007 and includes seven large bird related sculptures drawn from Native American culture. Jeff Mather, an Atlanta sculptor working with the artist in residence program collaborated with the students, teachers and the Art Factory. The project incorporated instruction in art, math, history and culture. The students worked with computer design programs and were taught to use several tools such as electric drills and belt sanders. In addition, they painted their sculptures and helped install them in the park. After the sculpture garden was completed, a celebration was held with Monte Sano students, parents and dignitaries. With the help of their teachers, students created a native dance, wrote poetry and played drums.
In 2008, students from Monte Sano completed a second exciting addition to the park. Under the direction of artist Bond Anderson and the Art Factory they built three musical instruments that delight children and adults in the new PKP playground area. Their tones can be heard throughout the 64 acre park the majority of the time the park is open.
The Children's Musical Garden
Built by the Children of Monte Sano Elementrary School
The year after the Children’s Sculpture Garden was installed, the next class of fourth and fifth graders at Monte Sano Elementary built three musical instruments under the direction of an artist and the Art Factory. These musical instruments are a part of the playgrounds at the Pendleton King Park and create a fun and interactive place for children the explore music. The soft music created by the instruments can frequently be heard throughout the upper part of the park.
A Gift from the Junior League of Augusta
Thanks to the Junior League of Augusta, there are two beautiful new playgrounds in the park. One is a Tot Lot and the other one is for older children. They are located at the top of the park where they are readily accessible to parking and a restroom. Junior League members raised the funds for the playgrounds and, in addition, helped install them.