Sculpture Walk set for August

    Plans for a Sculpture Walk in Decatur are continuing to be formulated, geared to next August, it was learned at a recent city council meeting.
    Decatur Chamber of Commerce President Wes Kuntzman updated council on the plans, with a hoped-for 13 sculptures to be situated in the downtown area, eight of them on pedestals outdoors and five to be placed in business windows.
    "The idea is to create (sculpture) areas to get people to come to Decatur to view the creations," Mayor John Schultz said. "Once the kickoff is held, the sculptures will remain in place for some 11 months," he added.
    Later in the meeting, Councilman Cam Collier called the event an economic development tool.
    The event will kick off on August 23 on Madison St., in conjunction with Taste of Decatur, a popular part of last year's 175th Anniversary celebration which is being brought back to stand on its own in the downtown area.
    Kuntzman said "the call to artists" to provide sculptures has been made and today (May 1) is the deadline for submissions. All submissions will be "juried" and artists notified by June 1.
    Sponsors are currently being sought for the sculptures: $300 for one outdoors, $100 for a business piece.
    Event sponsors also are being sought to underwrite the project, at levels of $2,500, $3,000, $500 and $250.
    Those interested are asked to contact the Chamber: 724-2604.
    Several other communities have held sculpture walks, including Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where the event has been a huge hit. Local artist Greg Mendez has three of his works there.
    Mendez, who has sculptures at the local library and Adams Memorial Hospital, heads up a sculpture walk committee which includes Jean Porter Brune, Kelly Ehinger, Trois Hart, Kuntzman, Coni Mayer and Mayor Schultz.