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Aiken Mellow Mushroom holds naming contest for new sculpture

December 25, 2018

If you’ve eaten in the outdoor section of Mellow Mushroom in downtown Aiken, you may have noticed an eccentric piece of art taking up the center space.

Mellow Mushroom’s horse sculpture has drawn attention from the community for its quirky design and eye-catching colors. The sculpture was constructed in 2015 at Mellow Mushroom’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia by artist Marc “Banks” Weinstein and was obtained by the restaurant around September this year.

“It was chosen for this location due to the love of horses around Aiken,” said Mellow Mushroom manager Megan Luther in an email. “There is a warehouse with vast selection of items for owners to choose from to make their establishments have the Mellow atmosphere available for their guests.”

Mellow Mushroom is known for its eccentric, psychedelic-style artwork that was part of the pizza chain’s design when it opened in the 70s. Mellow Mushroom has kept that trademark look over the years, and employs artists to create pieces for their restaurants like the horse sculpture.

Luther said Weinstein worked closely with local master welders and painters while constructing the horse. The sculpture is made out of things like recycled car parts, motorcycle parts, and oil barrels.

The restaurant is holding a naming contest for the horse sculpture, which they claim is a mare. To submit a name, comment your idea on the picture of the horse sculpture on the Mellow Mushroom (Aiken, S.C.) Facebook page.

According to the post, whoever wins the contest will receive pizza for a year.

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