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posted: 6/6/2013 5:37 PM

Public asked to weigh in on next two Batavia bridge sculptures

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In the words of a former alderman, it's time for "art by committee" again in Batavia.

The public's opinion is being sought for two more sculptures to be placed on the Wilson Street bridge. The two will complete the project, which was designed to have sculptures at all four corners.

The themes are "art" and "science." Ten artists have submitted proposals for the art category, and 18 submitted proposals for the science category.

Sketches of their visions can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave. You can also view them from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

Comments will be collected through July 9 and the city council will then pick the sculptures.

The city is paying $30,000 each for the sculptures. The money is coming from downtown property taxes earmarked for improving the downtown and attracting people to it.

"Nature: Sounds of Harmony" was the first sculpture installed. "A Look Back" is being fabricated and should be installed within 60 days, according to city administrator Bill McGrath.

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