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Public Art Display

Competition finalists reveal
their sculpture models

Voting is under way to decide
what will be built at Madison riverfront

By Don Ward
Editor

(July 2012) – More than 200 people attended a June 22 reception in Madison, Ind., to view the three sculpture contest finalists’ models that serve as the proposals for a future piece of public art to be built on the city’s riverfront.
Brian Martin, 40, of Madison, David Kirby Bellamy, 55, of Knightstown, Ind., and Adam McIntyre, 38, of La Grange, Ky. each displayed their models at the West Street Art Center. Madison Mayor Damon Welch made brief remarks, as did Madison Riverfront Development Corp. President Jim Pruitt and Madison Bicentennial chairperson Jan Vetrhus.

Brian Martin

Photo by Don Ward

Brian Martin displays
his sculpture contest
entry at the June 22
reception at the West
Street Art Center.

The Madison Bicentennial Fund and a recent grant from the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County provided a $1,000 prize to each of three finalists to build working models of their designs. These three models will be on display throughout Madison’s 2012 festival season for input from the public. The selected design’s permanent installation is planned for the corner of West Street and Vaughn Drive. This is the first piece of public art to come from suggestions for the Bicentennial Legacy gift.
Martin’s model allows visitors to walk up a spiral stairway to the level of the 1937 flood. The flood is represented by water flowing out of an opening at the top. Martin owns an architectural and design construction firm in Madison.
Bellamy’s model is a tall cylindrical shape atop of which holds a paddle wheel boat. The bottom of the boat is at the 1937 flood level. Beneath the boat at street level are displays about the flood and river history. Bellamy is a Madison native who teaches at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis.
McIntyre’s model shows a sail with the important dates of the Ohio River floods along the base and arc. It has interactive water shooting out of it at the level of the flood for that year. McIntyre owns an architectural design firm in La Grange.
All three models are very unique from one another and were chosen from 12 competition entries. All are interactive for visitors.
The public is invited to view the models through the window at the West Street Art Center, 301 West St., through Aug. 20. The models will move to other locations in the community, such as festivals, schools and possibly Hanover College. The models will move to the Madison Kroger store in mid-September, then possibly be on display at the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art on Sept. 29-30. They will be on display at City Hall during the Candlelight Tour of Homes in November and December.
Voting will take place throughout the year and, along with input from the Riverfront Development Committee and other experts from landscaping, artists and maintenance, will help decide a winner, Vetrhus said. A decision will be made by Dec. 15, she said.
The winning model will be constructed with funds derived from grants and donations. The Bicentennial Committee has more than $80,000 to use toward matching grants to help pay for the project.

• Voting is taking place on the City of Madison’s website. Visit: www.madison-in.gov.

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