The “Love BGKY” initiative will feature larger-than-life industrial art pieces built to draw visitors to local attractions
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2023) – Today during the Warren County Fiscal Court meeting public officials announced the inception of “Love BGKY,” the new public art initiative which will feature industrial art pieces at various signature locations and attractions throughout Bowling Green. The effort, which is one of many current projects involving the Arts of Southern Kentucky, will contribute to the existing public art effort across the city and the county, adding further value to the culture and elevating the economic vitality and aesthetic qualities of the community. Each art piece will include a heart and the letters “BGKY” - while several of the pieces may slightly differ based on the location, each installation will be 19 feet long and 6 feet tall.
“The ‘Love BGKY’ art initiative will capture the attention of locals while also impacting the various visitors who come to Bowling Green,” said Jeffrey Reed, president and CEO of Arts of Southern Kentucky. “Public art invigorates public spaces, and these art pieces are so eye-catching, they will also serve as a tourism draw for visitors to snap pictures and post to their social networks, bringing further awareness to Bowling Green and inspiring others in their networks to visit the city.”
The “Love BGKY” art pieces are slated for the following locations:
Western Kentucky University’s Campus
The National Corvette Museum
Stadium Park Plaza
The Historic Railpark
The Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, otherwise known as Visit BGKY, has helped fund half of this initiative.
“Tourists love to see public art in communities they visit, and they enjoy posting about places they are exploring to their friends and relatives. These industrial art pieces not only contribute to the need for more local art, but it will help to generate further awareness of BGKY and all the awesome attractions, shops, and events our area offers. The Tourism Commission is very excited to be able to contribute to this project becoming a reality in these areas where visitors and residents congregate,” said Sherry Murphy, executive director for the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The art installments will be built on a rolling schedule. To stay updated on the project's progress, follow Bowling Green’s official tourism account at VisitBGKY on all social media channels.
Nominated as a “Best City on the Rise in 2023” and named one of the South’s best cities by Southern Living in 2022, Kentucky's third-largest city continues to surprise and captivate visitors from across the world. As the official destination marketing organization for Bowling Green/Warren County, the Bowling Green Area CVB’s mission is to promote tourist and convention activity to generate a positive economic impact for the local community. To learn more about Bowling Green visit www.visitbgky.com.
ABOUT THE BOWLING GREEN CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
The Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Bowling Green and Warren County, charged with marketing and selling the city as a leisure, sports and meetings destination. www.visitbgky.com
ABOUT ARTS OF SOUTHERN KENTUCKY
In 2020, with the assistance of the Warren County Fiscal Court and Judge Michael O. Buchanon, Orchestra Kentucky assumed management of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC). The new organization, which also includes BG Onstage and the Ramsey Theatre Company, is titled Arts of Southern Kentucky, and is led administratively and artistically by Jeffrey Reed. The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center is a premier performing arts venue located in downtown Bowling Green, KY. The facility includes the Rita and Jim Scott Concert Hall, a 1,700-seat state-of-the-art auditorium; the Goodwin Gallery, the primary art exhibition space; the Renshaw Education Center which houses the Carol Wedge Studio Theater - a flexible 2,600 sq. ft. space for intimate productions and gatherings; several multi-functional rehearsal halls/classrooms; and the Denny and Carol Wedge Children’s Gallery. For more information, visit www.TheSKyPAC.com.