A family memorial in Suwanee also marks a couple of firsts for the city.
The Rohloff family's effort to purchase and donate a SculpTour 2011 piece as a memorial for Cathy Rohloff's late sister now is reality. The piece, "Sunset," was mounted and put on display Saturday (Sept. 22) at Sims Lake Park.
Also, it marks the first time that a piece of public art has been displayed in Sims Lake Park, and it is believed to be the first SculpTour piece that has been sold through private fund-raising efforts.
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Cathy Rohloff and husband Rob began fund-raising efforts for the SculpTour piece in March, shortly after Cathy's sister, Laura Sanders-Neidlinger, died of cervical cancer at age 38. About $13,000 was raised through private donations.
"My sister loved Suwanee, the parks and the events," Cathy Rohloff said.
The artists who developed "Sunset," Gus and Lena Ocamposilva of Clearwater, Fla., arrived with the piece Saturday morning. The 300-pound structure was recast in aluminum for this display.
Also, Scott Moretz and others from Suwanee Public Works Department did some special landscaping in an area near the lake that makes the "Sunset" display visible from across the lake, in the parking lot at the entrance.
"History" was how Denise Brinson, Suwanee director of economic development, termed Saturday's event.