Artist and Kennesaw State University Bicycle Shop Program Manager Ed Baltes of Dallas helps lift the covering off of his sculpture on Saturday, June 15. (Aimee H. Madden/The Polk Fishwrap)
A close-up of the Silver Comet Trail sculpture.
The Rockmart Silver Comet Trail Head is now home to the city's very first commissioned public sculpture.
Artist and Kennesaw State University Bicycle Shop Program Manager Ed Baltes of Dallas was on hand last Saturday at the trail head, helping lift the covering off of his sculpture, revealing it to a large crowd that was gathered nearby.
The sculpture uses recovered bike parts as an integral part of the design. In the coming weeks, a dedication plaque will be installed at the base of the sculpture in honor of the late Jean Laltrello. Laltrello worked tirelessly with the Polk County Tourism Board, City of Rockmart and Rockmart Civic Arts Commission to bring the sculpture project to reality, which was funded by several grants. A rose, formed from metal bike parts, was hidden inside the sculpture by the artist as a tribute to Laltrello.