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Daily from June 7, 2013 until June 8, 2013
Location: Downtown Decatur, Indiana
The 2013 Decatur Sculpture Tour will launch with daylong activities including a new event, a film competition, which integrates sculptures from the tour.
This year’s tour begins Saturday, June 8. Sculptures now total 16 created from artists locally and around the country and will be on display until May 2014. The 2013 sculpture locations in downtown Decatur will line over two blocks of historic 2nd Street, with additional exhibits in the tour’s outside gallery continuing on Monroe Street. Visitors will be directed to view permanent exhibits in the area.
June 7 pre-launch activity timeline:
• 8-9 a.m. Sculpture installation along 2nd Street and media interviews
• 1-3 p.m. Inspiration Forum, a panel discussion featuring sculpture artists at Riverside Center
• 2 p.m. filmmaking registration begins
• 3 p.m. The Old 27 Film Festival competition begins
June 8 launch event timeline:
• 1 p.m. Sculpture unveiling, music and tours
• 11-3 p.m. Children's Chalk Walk, food vendors, outdoor art gallery and more
• 7-9 p.m. Outdoor music concert – Riverside Center
• 9:27 p.m. Old 27 Film Festival at the Old 27 Ice Cream Shop
A new filmmaking event, The Old 27 Film Festival, will be held in coordination with the sculpture tour’s installation and unveiling June 7-8, 2013.
The Old 27 Film Festival will encourage film artists, novice and professional alike, to create films that include certain aspects of the Decatur Sculpture Tour and the city of Decatur while they carry their own distinct storyline or message. The sponsor of the filmmaking event is The Old 27 Ice Cream Shop, a downtown Decatur business, which is sponsoring a sculpture at this year’s DST event. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Decatur Sculpture Tour and feel that a filmmaking event would be the perfect way to bring even more excitement downtown while helping to commemorate the unveiling of the sculptures,” stated Charlie Brune, owner of the ice cream shop. There is no charge for participation in this filmmaking event.
Decatur is located 20 miles southeast of Fort Wayne in Northeast Indiana. Visitors can secure a map of sculpture locations available at all sponsor locations. A list of sponsors and sculpture locations will be posted to www.decatursculpturetour.com in May.
Local businesses and other donors have made it possible to offer the tour and associated activities free to the public. Tour visitors are asked to vote for their favorite sculpture by Sept. 30 to determine the People’s Choice award, which will be announced in early October. All sculptures are original works that have been created in the last three years.
Groups wishing to schedule a guided tour may contact the Sue Roe, president of the Adams Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sculptures are for sale but must remain on display until the next year’s event. The Decatur Sculpture Tour Committee retains a portion of sale proceeds to help underwrite future sculpture tour efforts and eventually begin purchasing permanent art for the community.
Visitors can enjoy sculptures and stroll through the historic downtown in the shadow of the signature Victorian courthouse built in 1873 and still in use by the county government. 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the Peace Monument, the first monument in the United States dedicated to peace, located at the downtown Decatur Courthouse Square. The community’s Rivergreenway, a four-mile walking trail along the St. Mary’s River and around the city, begins downtown and follows the former Nickel Plate/Norfolk Southern Railroad and Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. A spectacular double-wide iron truss bridge over the river is a highlight.
Decatur is the birthplace and boyhood home of David Smith, widely heralded as the greatest American sculptor of the 20th century. Decatur is also the hometown of preeminent American sculptor Ralph Hurst. Two of his works are on permanent display at the Adams Public Library in Decatur.
2012 Decatur Sculpture Walk award winners:
• People’s Choice Award, Effortlessly Buoyant by Gregory Mendez
• Mayor’s Choice Award, True Love Grows by Curtis Rose
• Platinum Award, Plodding Along by Dr. Larry Wiedman
• Decatur Sculpture Walk Committee Award, Reflections & Deflections by Aubris Taylor
• Inspiration Award, Two for Flinching by Gregory Mendez
The Decatur Sculpture Tour Committee consists of representatives from the City of Decatur, Adams County Community Foundation, North Adams Arts Council, Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Adams Public Library, area artists and business and community volunteers.
Decatur is located 20 minutes south of Fort Wayne and two hours north of Indianapolis at the crossroads of U.S. 27 and U.S. 224, just minutes from the Indiana—Ohio line.
Photos of 2012 sculptures and other information can be found at decatursculpturetour.com. Other community information can be found at decaturin.org and decaturchamber.org/events. To become a sponsor, contact Wes Kuntzman of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at (260) 724-2604.
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