The City of Mauldin will unveil its third installation along its Public Art Trail on Friday, December 15th at 5PM. This year, artist Yelitza Díaz’s sculpture entitled “We Are All One” embraces the theme “Appreciation of Diversity,” exalting the spirit of struggle, equality, and reciprocity of the among humans regardless of their differences.
Yelitza Díaz, Venezuelan immigrant and longtime South Carolina resident, specializes in sculpture, winning awards in national and international Fine Arts competitions since her youth. She has worked in art history and arts education, as well as cultural promotion in her home country of Venezuela. After immigrating to the United States, she has continued her artistic work in South Carolina with her own gallery, Muzzarelli-Díaz-Art. Her works are represented in galleries and collections throughout Venezuela, Europe, and the United States.
Passionate about the human figure, Díaz makes her sculptures with mixed media techniques, minimalist-contemporary styles, and a clear inclination for human existentialism. Her work aims to reflect the hopes and deepest thoughts of the human being.
The artwork is the third iteration of a public art program in Mauldin approved by the City in December 2016. The Mauldin Public Art Trail is an annual program in which a new work is selected each year by the Mauldin Cultural Council, a nonprofit arts organization that supports artistic efforts around the community and at the Mauldin Cultural Center, to fill one of nine predetermined slots around the amphitheater. After all slots are filled, the oldest piece is replaced each year and the “retired” artwork is relocated to another area in the community.
“It’s an exciting program that allows us to engage artists across the state and have them involved in beautifying and adding culture to our community. The fact that this year’s piece comes from a Mauldin resident is icing on the cake.” said Keira Kitchings, coordinator for the Office of Cultural Affairs. Each year is guided by a special theme and the program is open only to South Carolina artists.