Public Sculptures by Beatrice Coron, as seen in 65 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC

Public Sculptures by Beatrice Coron seen at 65 N Lexington Ave, Asheville - Lexington Life Column
Public Sculptures by Beatrice Coron seen at 65 N Lexington Ave, Asheville - Lexington Life Column

Lexington Life Column

"Lexington Life Column", 2018
stainless steel 15' x 28 x 28" (4m5 x 71 x 71 cm)

“Lexington Life Column” is a public art project dedicated to creating a new landmark, a unique monument to the Asheville community, showing visitors how preservation and revitalization of old buildings can create a wonderful new environment for independent establishments.

Created of stainless steel, the fifteen high column design depicts plants growing from rehabilitated old building producing pods of life. The pods are circles that can be viewed as bubbles of celebration and medals honoring the founders of the vibrant and unique community of Lexington Avenue.

At the top of the column four wings, recalling tattoo parlors' aesthetic, hold hearts and hands symbolized as a "vajra" or diamond thunderbolt that is an emblem of invincibility and enlightenment.
in65 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC

Meet the Creator

My work tells stories. I invent situations, cities and worlds. These compositions include memories, associations of words, ideas, observations and thoughts that unfold in improbable juxtapositions. These invented worlds have their own logic and patterns. Images are conveyed through words, whether automatic writing or premeditated scenes. My creative inspiration comes from a text, a poem, the news or from a philosophical concept that can be reduced to a mere title. I research collective memories and myths, questioning the notions of identity and belonging. For each theme, I explore various narratives: one story leads to the next, and the creation process weaves different layers of our relations to the world.


My silhouettes are a language I have developed over the years; my point of view is both detailed and monumental. Cutting from a single piece of material, the profusion of individual stories creates a coherent universe. In my artist books and public art, where I play with full and empty shapes, everything must fall in place: one’s place in the world, one’s place in the city, one’s place in his or her body. In my graphic style, windows are used not to see out but in, placing the spectator in an outsider/insider situation. Shadows, reminiscent of film noir and voyeurism, leaves room for multiple interpretations.” - Beatrice Coron

“Beatrice Coron (Chambéry, France, 1956) is an illustrator and artist. She does book art, fine art, paper art, and she works with stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass, and digital media. Her work has been purchased by major museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Walker Art Center, and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airports and sports facilities among many other places.”