2009 – Guardian II

Guardian II

Our First Work of Art

Acquiring The Art

A Generous Gift

Billy Lee

About The Artist

Guardian II: Our First Work of Art

Photo of Guardian II
  • Guilford County Commissioner Kay Cashion accepts the gift of Guardian II

A special gift made The Public Art Endowment’s first artwork possible.

Guardian II, a sculpture by internationally renowned artist Billy Lee, a Greensboro resident, made its debut during a dedication and unveiling ceremony in September 2009 on the grounds of the Old Guilford County Courthouse.

The sculpture was the first work of art to be presented as a gift to Guilford residents by the trustees of the Public Art Endowment, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

Endowment trustees, along with fellow art lovers, students and county and city officials including Commissioner Kay Cashion, a major supporter of the effort, gathered at the corner of West Market and South Eugene streets for the dedication and unveiling.

“We are thrilled that the Public Art Endowment – which we launched only a year ago – already is presenting significant works of art for our community, to be enjoyed publicly and with free access,” said Walker Sanders, president of The Community Foundation. “Through Guardian II and other works of art to come, Greensboro residents will see the results of the generosity of others who understand the importance of public art and how it can – and will – shape the community in which we live.”

Learn more about how Guardian II was acquired and about artist Billy Lee.