Find Wisdom on the Sidewalks of Downtown Anderson


I had jury duty the other day, and on my way back to my car I noticed an inscription on the ground:

“If you’re going through hell, keep going”

-Winston Churchill.

The quote made me laugh, and then made me think.

I guess you need to know a little more of the back story before you can truly appreciate this experience. We’d had a “rough” year. I was teaching more classes than I was use to, our youngest son had ended up in the hospital three times, our family of five had moved out of our family home of seven years, and we were living with my parents. I love my parents, but you can never really return to your childhood home once you start a family of your own. And I was leaving jury duty. So I was feeling a little glummy.

Well after seeing that quote, and realizing Mr. Churchill was right, my curiosity got a hold of me and I wanted to know more about these words. After a short search I discovered that Cordes and Clinky Seabrook were behind this project. I should have known. While I do not know the Seabrook’s personally, as an Andersonian I can appreciate many of their contributions to the town.

This Public Art Project is entitled “Wise Walks.” There are a number of these snippets etched into granite tiles all along Main Street. Some epigrams are quirky, some are entertaining, and some bestow wisdom and encouragement for the day. These words of wisdom have been sponsored by individuals and organizations. Last Saturday my family and I walked downtown and I noticed the Wise Walk includes quotes from the likes of everyone from Margaret Meade to Dr. Seuss. As a person who loves words, this is one Art project I particularly enjoy.

If you (or your business) want to take part in the edification and education of the patrons of downtown, please contact the Anderson Arts Center. There is a pre-approved list of sayings, and the Arts Center can help you figure out the exact size and pricing for a specific epigram.

Some of my favorite on the pre-approved list include:

  • “The difference between a wish and a goal is a number and a date.” Anonymous
  • “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
  • “Growing old – it’s not nice, but it is interesting.” Johan August Strindberg

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