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Public Art Sculpting Live at the Dublin Community Recreation Center

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Mike Tizzano Sculpter in studio - Dublin Ohio Live Art Sculpture SessionsProject to commemorate historic Dublin town pump

DUBLIN, Ohio— (Dec. 10, 2012) The City of Dublin and Dublin Arts Council announced today that Westerville, Ohio sculptor Michael Tizzano will begin a series of public sculpting events at the Dublin Community Recreation Center (DCRC), 5600 Post Road, in Dublin.

The artist has been commissioned by the City of Dublin to create a figurative bronze and stone sculpture to commemorate a town pump that stood near the center of the community in the early 1900s. The sculpture will eventually be installed on the plaza at the northwest corner of Bridge and High streets in Historic Dublin.

Tizzano’s proposed sculpture includes bronze, natural limestone and running water to encourage visitors to experience Dublin’s past in a personal way through the representation of children in period dress engaged in the daily ritual of collecting water. Dublin’s town pump was the outlet for water from the village’s first hand-dug well and soon became a natural landmark and gathering place for the community.

The sculpture will be constructed in its entirety at the DCRC in full public view during an approximate eight-month period. Tizzano encourages audience interaction while he works, inviting questions and explaining his process as the artwork develops. The artist will share samples of renderings, materials, photos and videos of the wax-casting process.

Tizzano’s process begins with the creation of a one-quarter scale clay maquette using local children as models for the sculpture. From the maquette, life-sized figures will be created. When the artist is not present, the sculpture, tools and materials will be placed behind a glassed-in area for continued DCRC visitor viewing. The sculpture’s casting will take place at an Ohio foundry.

The project offers a host of unique educational opportunities for the community, which will be coordinated by Dublin Arts Council. The Dublin Historical Society also is a partner in the project and is collecting artifacts from the time period for display.

“The process offers a unique opportunity for the community to observe the creation of public art,” said Dublin City Council Member John Reiner, board representative to Dublin Arts Council. “The art, itself, represents a snapshot of Dublin’s history being recreated in the present, and preserved for the community to enjoy now and into the future.”
 
The town pump sculpture will be the latest addition to the Art in Public Places program, a collaboration between the City of Dublin and Dublin Arts Council. This public art collection includes such iconic sculptures as Field of Corn (with Osage Orange Trees) and Leatherlips. According to Dublin Arts Council Executive Director David S. Guion, the City’s collection of public art grows through various types of acquisition, including calls for entries, on-loan programs, major gifting and projects such as this one that are committee-directed or define a community initiative.
 
Tizzano estimates that the new sculpture will be installed in the fall of 2013. For updated project information and a schedule of when the artist will be sculpting live at the DCRC, please visit www.DublinOhioUSA.gov.
 

About City of Dublin

Dublin, Ohio is a progressive, well-educated and vibrant city surrounding the Scioto River in the northwest area of metropolitan Columbus. Approximately 25 square miles and home to 41,000 people, the city annually hosts Jack Nicklaus' PGA Tour Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village and one of the country's largest Irish festivals. The mission of the City of Dublin is to preserve and enhance the unique high quality of life offered to those who live or work in our community by providing the vision, leadership and performance standards, which allow for managed growth and development with an emphasis on quality and innovation.

About Dublin Arts Council

For more information about any of Dublin Arts Council’s programs, exhibitions and events call (614) 889-7444 or visit www.dublinarts.org. Dublin Arts Council (DAC), is located at 7125 Riverside Dr. in Dublin, Ohio. Hours are Tues., 10am-7pm; Wed./Thurs./Fri., 10am–5pm; and Sat., 11am-2pm. DAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supported in part by an annual endowment from the City of Dublin’s hotel/motel tax and the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund Dublin Arts Council and its programs with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DAC is further supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, fundraising events, membership, classes, gallery and gift shop sales and in-kind contributions. DAC engages the community, cultivates creativity and fosters life-long learning through the arts.

 
Media contacts:
Janet Cooper, Dublin Arts Council, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 614.889.7444
Nancy Richison, City of Dublin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 614.579.2612

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