Janet and Jim Ayers continue to make Tennessee art a significant aspect of First Bank’s growth and interface with local communities. A collection of artwork is highly visible within each branch, with the collected work organized around a theme relating to the surrounding area. My suspended sculpture Procession was created specifically for the new Green Hills branch slated to open in December. For this branch the theme relates to the arts and progress.
Aesthetically, Procession draws inspiration from the First Bank construction site, in particular, the skeleton frame which supports the building but is now hidden from view. This underlying structure conveys growth, stability, and elegance, while also serving to remind us of the dignity of labor and the contribution of all individuals to progress. Taking a ring form, the piece echoes the circular nature of the First Bank architecture, and is composed with the intent that it be an exciting work from all available perspectives – simultaneously illuminating the space and a progressive community culture.