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Posted on: December 21, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Downtown Art Sculpture Dedication - Saturday, January 7, 2017


The Public is invited to the dedication of “Wagner Swifts” by artist Kevin Pettelle

What: Dedication ceremony for public art titled “Wagner Swifts” by artist Kevin Pettelle.
When: Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 10:00am.
Where: 100 W. Main Street, Monroe, WA 98272 (northwest corner of Main and Lewis Streets in Downtown Monroe).

Art Sculpture Project Timeline
This year, Mayor Geoffrey Thomas and the Monroe City Council supported the establishment of a Public Art Policy and funding in the amount of $10,000 for an outdoor sculpture to be installed within the newly renovated Downtown Plaza Area of Monroe. A Call for Sculptors was advertised mid-March 2016. The City received five proposals from four different artists, and the proposals were then reviewed by an Art Selection Committee comprised of individuals representing the Monroe Arts Council, Monroe Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Monroe Association, Monroe Planning Commission, Monroe Park Board, Monroe City Council, and Monroe City Staff.

A recommendation to the City Council was unanimously agreed upon to select the proposal brought forth by local Artist Kevin Pettelle titled - “Wagner Swifts”. Kevin has since designed and created a beautiful metal sculpture representing Vaux’s Swifts and the Frank Wagner Elementary School’s chimney, located ½ mile west of the sculpture site on Main Street, recognized as one of the most important Vaux’s Swift communal migratory roost sites in North America.

Twice a year, thousands of migrating Vaux’s Swifts roost in the chimney while on their migration route between North-Western Canada and Central-South America. Each September, the annual Swift Night Out event celebrates their arrival, culminating at dusk in a spectacular display of thousands of these small birds squeezing themselves into the chimney in a matter of minutes!

Join us as we celebrate the dedication of this stunning art sculpture in the heart of Monroe’s downtown!

For more information, please contact us at (360) 863-4559

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