ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - The Roanoke River Greenway is about to become a little artsier thanks to a small grant a Virginia Tech grad received.
"I wanted to make a story map of surveys and interviews about people's perspectives on of public art and the usage of the greenway and what people wanted to see and didn't want to see," said VT Grad Heather Lyne.
Heather Lyne received the John E Dooley Student Engagement grant from Virginia Tech's Engage Office to explore the community's opinions of art on the Roanoke River Greenway through surveys and interviews.
"Some people were interested in just keeping it natural other people were interested in functional art," said Lyne.
She describes functional art as art pieces that also serve as a bike rack or bench, something interactive.
"There were so many incredible suggestions made by folks."
Her plan is to continue to work with the community to create a pop-up art project on the greenway.
"We love that type of enthusiasm and that level of engagement," said Director of Parks & Recreation Michael Clark.
Lyne has the support of the city, but the project is independent of the city.
"Anything that can change an ordinary bench or something to that effect to a piece of art that is more visually appealing creates a more vibrant space and will hopefully get more people using the space."
Eventually, Lyne hopes the pop-up project will eventually turn into a permanent one.
But before the project can get off the ground, she will continue to collect the community's input.
Lyne will be hosting a Southeast Greenway Art Project Brainstorming session in the community room of the Jackson Park library on Tuesday, February 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to brainstorm ideas for the pop-up art project on the Roanoke River Greenway.