2017 Decatur Sculpture Tour

Decatur, Indiana: 2017 tour features 27 sculptures complete with recorded artists’ audio tour.

On Friday, June 9, 2017, the Decatur Sculpture Tour Committee will be host its sixth annual tour with 27 original sculptures created by 25 artists from eight states and the United Kingdom. The sculptures will be on display through April 2018. In addition, a total of 11 sculptures purchased, donated or inspired by the DST are on display in the community.

New for the 2017-2018 exhibition, visitors can download a free app on their smartphone and listen to the artists as they tour the sculptures. The service is Otocast and can be found in the App Store. The audio and walking tour maps will be available beginning June 9. The unveiling and other events will be held at the Courthouse Square in Downtown Decatur. The art exhibit is free and parking is plentiful.

Decatur is the boyhood home of renowned sculpture artist David Smith who has been widely heralded as the greatest American sculptor of the 20th century. Decatur is also the hometown of preeminent American sculptor Ralph Hurst. Three of Hurst’s works are on permanent display in the community.

The installation and unveiling for the 2017 sculptures will be Friday, June 9 during a downtown celebration. The unveiling ceremony includes a guided tour and comments by artists. As a 10-month exhibit, visitors are welcome to return and use the audio tour or brochures listing the sculptures in specially-marked Decatur Sculpture Tour street stands.

Friday, June 9 unveiling celebration events include:
8-11 a.m.             Sculpture installation
9 a.m.-3 p.m.       “Plein Air Paint Out” - Artists paint in downtown Decatur
2-3 p.m.               “Meet the Artists” (Storybook Park), Children’s Sculpture Activity (Adams Public Library)
4 p.m.                  Food Vendors
5 p.m.                  Wine Tasting Tent (I.D. and admission fee required), Youth dance performances (2nd St.),                                           Children’s Chalk Walk (Old 27 Ice Cream Shop), Musicians
6-7 p.m.               Mayor’s Introductions, sculpture unveiling by artists
7-8 p.m.               Wine Tasting “Makers” Awards

“The notoriety of the Decatur Sculpture Tour has caught the attention of local and national sculpture artists” stated Decatur Mayor Ken Meyer. The 2017 tour was created by 25 artists, 20 of which plan to attend the unveiling events on Friday, June 9. “Our downtown is experiencing a transformation as art-centric activities increase because of the impact the tour has had on the community. We could not be more pleased to host the 6th year of the tour,” added Meyer. The 2017 sculptures will be on display through April, 2018.

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. Sculptures are original works for sale but must remain on display through April of 2018. The Decatur Sculpture Tour Committee retains a portion of sale proceeds to help underwrite future sculpture tour efforts and to purchase permanent art for the community.

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.

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. Along the tour route, visitors can enjoy the first monument in the United States dedicated to peace that celebrated its 100 anniversary in 2013, and a Mother Mary sculpture installed in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of St. Mary of the Assumption Church.

Origin and history of the Decatur Sculpture Tour: During the 2011, artist Greg Mendez was commissioned for two sculptures in Decatur. The first sculpture was for the new Adams County Memorial Hospital and is featured piece in the entrance roundabout. During the Decatur 175 Anniversary and Kekionga Festival, the Adams Public Library hosted a sculpture exhibit by local artist Greg Mendez. Concurrently, the library commissioned Mr. Mendez to create and install the sculpture “It Must Be a Good Book” in front of the library in memory of longtime library volunteer Dianne Linn. Mendez’ sculptures were recognized as a solid example of the positive effects an outside sculpture creates for the community. Mendez and local leaders organized the 2012 Decatur Sculpture Walk to inspire, soothe, provoke, connect and involve the public through art. Eight outdoor and four indoor sculptures were featured in the first year. In 2013, the organization’s name was changed to Decatur Sculpture Tour.

The Decatur Sculpture Tour Committee consists of representatives from the City of Decatur, Adams County Community Foundation, North Adams Arts Council, Adams Public Library, area artists and business and community volunteers.

Media Contacts:
Trois Hart, community volunteer, (260) 415-2401, thart@sf.edu
Kelly Ehinger, library director, (260) 724-2605, ehinger@apls.lib.in.us

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