'Chasing Tadpoles' statue soon to be placed

May 09, 2014
Photo by: Michelle Schumaker

The Tuscola High School masonry class, working under the leadership of teacher Eric Sollie, is building the foundation for Waynesville's newest public art piece.

The artwork, called "Chasing Tadpoles," was formerly a centerpiece at the Biltmore Square Mall in Asheville. The mall is undergoing a facelift to become an outlet mall.

The signature art pieces in the mall were donated, and because of its Haywood County roots, the town of Waynesville was given the first chance to become the sculpture's new home.

The piece was designed by former Tuscola art teacher Bill Eleazar and depicts children playing in a pond chasing tadpoles.

A crew from the town traveled to the Asheville mall in January to dismantle the statue for later erection at an undetermined site in Waynesville.

The town governing board ultimately chose a site in Frog Level, and students were busy at work this week preparing the base.

Tim Burress, who owns Rock Man in Waynesville, donated his time and equipment for the project.

Marcy Onieal said the town's volunteer public art commission helped select the site and is working on details for a grand opening. Once the foundation is ready, the town crew will landscape the area and assemble the artwork.