“The Runner”, nicknamed “Ethyl” is the second piece in the collection to be installed on the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. Designed to capture what it actually feels like to run – the freedom of movement through space – the kinetic sculpture is ten feet tall, constructed out of plasma-cut steel and coated with acrylic paint. Three sections spin independently. Artists Ryan Calloway, Jason Anderson and Carey Morton of Creative Ironworks, and David A. Butts of Taylors Mill collaborated with Kathleen King to bring “The Runner” to life.
The artwork was funded by The Greenville Track Club and VisitGreenvilleSC. The GTC is placing their former president Darrell Jennewine’s bronzed running shoes under a bench near the sculpture and the piece will be dedicated to his memory this fall. “Ethyl” can be found near the train track crossing on the Swamp Rabbit Trail north of Bramlett St. and south of W. Washington St.
Our thanks go to Hugh Hamilton and Peggy Haden of Republic Locomotive for giving Ethyl space to ‘run’ on their property, Greenways Director, Ty Houck and crew for literally pouring concrete and generally ‘clearing the way’, Ron Chappell of the GTC for shepherding the process, and the crew at the Swamp Rabbit Inn. Do take a jog down the Trail to say “Hi” to Ethyl. Please stay tuned for the date and join us at the dedication celebration!