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City to announce winning art sculpture Friday

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

Which of seven submissions will win a $150,000 contract to create a signature art sculpture for the city of Shelbyville?

A news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday to reveal the winning entry. The event is open to the public.

In February, the city hosted a reception to view models submitted by seven different artists for the project. The models are still on display at City Hall, 44 W. Washington St., where the news conference will take place.

Members of the public attending the reception last month got to fill out slips indicating their preference. A selection committee made the final choice.

“Everybody did make the decision on Friday,” said Amy Haacker, executive director of the Blue River Community Foundation.

The BRCF contributed $50,000 to the sculpture project. Shelbyville city government contributed another $50,000.

Remaining donors have not been announced yet.

Once the winner is announced Friday, the clock starts ticking for the selected artist to have the sculpture finished and installed by November.

The artwork, which may be upwards of 40 feet tall depending on the winning design, is to be placed on North Harrison Street near the Porter Center, 501 N. Harrison St., alongside the city’s bike-pedestrian trail near the Big Blue River.

Creating the sculpture is part of Mayor Tom DeBaun’s larger plan to redevelop the Public Square in Shelbyville. The piece is intended to mark the gateway into the city’s historic downtown area. 

The 10 a.m. news conference on Friday to reveal the winning sculpture will take place in City Hall.