Women of the Wiregrass

SIZE
60' Long by 18' High

COMPLETION DATE
June 2003

ARTIST NAME
Cheryl Hardin

TALKING POINTS

  • Images represent the impacts of women in all aspects of life in the Wiregrass.
  • The seated woman represents hospitality and the cultural and economic contributions women have made to the city.
  • The Bank is a symbol of the economic impact of women as major purchasers and investors.
  • All of these images symbolize a legacy which has been handed down from generation to generation by “The Women of the Wiregrass.”

The seated woman represents hospitality and the cultural and economic contributions women have made to the city. The pageant contestant exemplifies the rewards of striving for personal goals in conjunction with supporting community activities. The woman in the buggy is a typical mother committed to her family: baby in one hand, driving with the other, and a two year old beside her.

The Bank is a symbol of the economic impact of women as major purchasers and investors. The Church symbolizes the spiritual faith that has sustained women and their families throughout history. The George S. Houston Memorial Library exemplifies the vision and resourcefulness of women like those who raised the funds to have it built. And the School stands for the concern and commitment of all the women who have been involved in providing educational opportunities for every citizen.

Centered in the mural are two women with their daughters. One mother, both hands on her hips, reveals her strong, disciplined personality. The other, poised with her umbrella, conveys a presence that is both dignified and stylish. Behind them is a group of young ladies from a Sunday school class from the early 1900's, each with a slightly different posture and hair style, giving a hint of their individual personalities.

Representing the professional community is a doctor and a nurse. The machine operator typifies the blue collar women in the work force. The merchant represents women in the business community. The soldier is an example of all women in uniform saluting the American flag. The teacher represents the versatility of those women in the field of education. Representing the arts, the ballerina is creative, graceful, expressive and sensitive. Women athletes, represented by a tennis player, exhibit vitality, fairness, and a competitive spirit. The playful posture of the fashionable young lady in the red dress and hat from the early 1900s, suggests the quality of being at ease with oneself and with others.

All of these images symbolize a legacy which has been handed down from generation to generation by “The Women of the Wiregrass.”