The new King Commons park in downtown Johnson City will celebrate the native flora of our area with unique, decorative bridge rails designed and forged by Jim Masterson’s team at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Masterson was selected from a pool of over 40 applicants for this project. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1994, and started his work at the Metal Museum in 2000. His work is nationally collected and exhibited.
The beautiful railings created by Masterson and his team will add color to the park infrastructure and are intended to spark conversations about the importance of native plants and their role in pollination. The ironwork will feature coneflower, iris, and milkweed flowers within its design. Plants such as these are vital to the survival of bees and other pollinators, and are especially important as pollinators are experiencing a decline in numbers due to pesticide use, habitat loss, climate change, and other factors.
The rails will be installed in the fall of 2017.