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Fenton to Rent Sculptures for 2013/2014

There will be six temporary pieces installed for a cost of $9,054.

Starting in the spring, downtown Fenton might look a little more artsy.

The Fenton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) approved a proposal from Midwest Sculpture Intiative (MSI) to rent sculptures that will be displayed in the downtown area from May 2013 to April 2014.

There will be six temporary pieces installed for a cost of $9,054.

"Our master plan called for art," DDA Chairman Craig Schmidt said. "Cities have used it sucessfully and it's been a long time coming for us."

MSI will pre-select the sculptures that are suitable for various sites and provide digital images for the DDA to approve. MSI will also provide biographical information for each sculpture.

DDA member John Strayer said MSI officials have suggested lining Leroy Street with the sculptures.

"I think our community would really enjoy it," Strayer said.

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stephanie pytlowanyj December 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
You have got to be kidding me! What about fixing the streets or sidewalks in town so people can get to the downtown to enjoy some of the FREE cultural events the community center has on their property. What a waste of money.
Ann Thibault December 20, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Once again, Fenton looks "outside" the city.. There is plenty of untapped talent right here. Did anyone ask? We have welders and sculptors, carpenters and artists. What would the people like? Better yet, let's have them rent us the art and we can give them land it sits on for one dollar.
Dibblevilleresident December 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM
This is a good initiative and indicates that DDA understands the value of creating a brand for the city that will build long term value for local merchants. Its one more reason to spend time in Fenton instead of somewhere else. Money well spent!
stephanie pytlowanyj December 23, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Nonsense! There's little to attract one to Dibbleville and that all stems from the Urban renewal that occurred back in the "70's. If Dibbleville was like downtown Holly, fine, put some LOCAL art there, however it isn't. To get people to come to Dibbleville more stores need to be there along with better roads and sidewalks. Finally, the garage on the corner of Dibbleville is an eyesore (sorry to say but it's the truth) and doesn't fit the buildings in that area.

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