ANGOLA — The first project of the Mayor’s Arts Council, Sculptures Angola, will be unveiled Saturday in downtown Angola.

Sculpture installation is slated to finish around 1 p.m. with the official unveiling at 4 p.m.

Artists for the sculptures are Greg Summers of Fremont, Alex Mendez and Gregory Mendez, both of Decatur and Nathan S. Pierce of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

A total of 12 artists submitted 29 applications for the project which was funded primarily through the Hometown Collaboration Initiative.

Concrete pads will be placed Friday afternoon in the quadrants where each sculpture will be located.

The four parking quadrants in the corners of each quadrant of the Public Square will be blocked off for the installation of the sculptures. Safe zones with barricades will be put up around the sculpture placement areas during installation for protection.

Sculptures will remain in place for one year, when another sculpture will take its place.

The idea of the tour is consistent with other arts initiatives in the community and placemaking data that was collected through the Hometown Collaboration Initiative.

Arts and culture were the top picks of placemaking activities in the HCI public survey and were top choices at a public forum held in 2018, according to Downtown Services Coordinator Maria Davis.

A program follows the unveiling at the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts.

Musical entertainment starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the arrival of the artists at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists at Furth until 8 p.m.

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