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Batavia seeks proposals for 
Wilson Street Bridge sculptures

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The city is asking artists to submit their ideas for the last two sculptures on the Wilson Street Bridge.

The city will offer a $30,000 commission for each sculpture. The themes for the next two sculptures are “Science and Art.”

Applications may be downloaded at The Batavia City Council will name the winning artists in September.

A second sculpture for the bridge is set to be installed this summer. Batavia City Administrator Bill McGrath said work on the “History” sculpture is moving along, and the project should be completed by June 1. The sculpture, called “A Look Back,” will be a nod to Batavia’s history.

“A Look Back” will be constructed of bronze, limestone and glass and will stand 7½ feet tall.

Windmills will be an integral part of the sculpture. Batavia once was known as the windmill capital of the world for being home to six windmill factories.

The City Council had set aside $30,000 for the bridge’s first sculpture, “Nature Sounds of Harmony,” which was dedicated in April 2009. The sculpture was installed after the reconstruction of the bridge in 2007-08.

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