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New downtown sculpture being installed

July 19, 2005

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Freeform, a 10-foot-tall painted steel sculpture, was being installed this morning on the southwest corner of Sixth and Massachusetts streets, as this 6News TowerCam photo shows. (<a href="http://www.6newslawrence.com/weather/towercam/">See live TowerCam photos</a>)

Freeform, a 10-foot-tall painted steel sculpture, was being installed this morning on the southwest corner of Sixth and Massachusetts streets, as this 6News TowerCam photo shows. (<a href="http://www.6newslawrence.com/weather/towercam/">See live TowerCam photos</a>)

Despite this morning's rainfall, a new sculpture was being installed in downtown Lawrence in honor of the city's 150th birthday anniversary.

The sculpture, "Freeform," created by Stephen Johnson, was being installed this morning by a crane at the southwest corner of the intersection of Sixth and Massachusetts streets, across from city hall. The 10-foot-tall painted steel scultpure rests on a two-foot limestone base.

"The Lawrence Arts Commission commissioned the project in 2004 as part of the city's 150th anniversary celebration. This is the completion of work that was started over a year ago," said Lisa Patterson, the city's communications manager.

The official unveiling of the artwork is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Patterson said. The project was budgeted at $53,000.

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newsreader 9 years, 10 months ago

$53,000 huh? Interesting way to use money... hope that was paid for via. fundraising and not tax money...

Hong_Kong_Phooey 9 years, 10 months ago

There just must be something about the art of sculpture that I don't understand...because most of the "sculptures" that I see down at the Law Enforcement Center & City Hall look like a bunch of scrap metal to me and are a BIG eyesore.

If the city commission wants to ban something, they should ban ugly "art" like that...

David Albertson 9 years, 10 months ago

I wonder how far $53,000 would go towards repaving 23rd st west of Harper? How much does it cost to patch the same potholes 10 time a year? Now I remember why I moved out of Lawrence.

David Albertson 9 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, east of Harper......Maybe I should run for city commission!!!!!!

lunacydetector 9 years, 10 months ago

i have a couple of 4 X 4's boards about 10 feet long. i was thinking of cutting them up and driving long nails through them to make a wonderful shape.

how does someone submit their "artwork" to be displayed and how much will the city rent it for if i happen to be a lucky one to get my "artwork" picked? or, do i have to be connected and know people in high places so i can get these boards outta my garage and make some money while i'm at it?

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