Get to know members of the Roanoke Arts Commission. Meet Greg Webster!
What made you interested in serving on the Arts Commission?
I was interested in how as a landscape architect art can be more integral in public spaces and make these public spaces more enjoyable.
In your opinion, why is public art important to the city?
Art serves as an object that can be viewed by many different perspectives and have quite many different meanings to many different people. It brings these different perspectives together in the same community allowing for communication, laughter, pride, cultural appreciation, and identifying a sense of place.
What would you say to someone considering serving on the Arts Commission?
The commission is not just about making sure the city has art in specific places meeting a quota, it's about taping into how we can exhibit art as a nexus toward showing something new and innovative, something that provokes thought, joy, or excitement. If this is a passion, this would be a good experience.
What is your favorite piece of art in the city and why?
It changes. My favorite piece now is Dmitrii Volkov's – One Day in the City. It is part of the AIR temporary art along Elmwood Park's Art Walk. To me, this piece brings memories of my childhood and creations I used to make tinkering with objects like lincoln logs, legos, or things I'd find in the woods, at a much smaller scale of course. It also has a tinge of post apocalyptic qualities to it that remind me of the steampunk look or H.R. Giger's alien worlds.