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SculpTour 2013 To Have Two Year Run in Suwanee

The walkable outdoor art exhibit is ramping up for a third run.

Suwanee will tweak its popular SculpTour program for 2013 by giving it a longer life -- two years.

According to a news release, city officials have issued another Request For Proposals for the third run of the walkable, outdoor art exhibit. And when SculpTour 2013 debuts in May, plans call for it to be in place for 22 months.

"SculpTour has received an enthusiastic, positive response from visitors and the community," Economic and Community Development Director Denise Brinson said in the release. "The current exhibit has been so popular that we'll be sorry to see it go in March after only 10 months. So, for that reason, as well as to make more efficient use of private funding resources, we've decided to extend SculpTour to a 22-month exhibit period."

Other aspects are similar to the first two runs of SculpTour, which will end its current run in March.

The Public Arts Commission will select 10 to 20 sculptures, depending on available funding. Selected artists will receive a stipend for loaning their sculpture to the exhibit. At the end of the exhibit in March 2015, again depending upon funding, the city may purchase one or more of the pieces for permanent display.

The deadline for artists' submissions is January 25 for the 2013 run. As before, the city will time the SculpTour debut to coincide with Arts In The Park.

Public art is a key aspect of Suwanee's economic development strategy. Brinson has noted that art is a differentiating factor in how people spend time. SculpTour pieces generally are located in or near Town Center Park.

Also, some pieces from the original SculpTour run, which ended in March 2012, have found permanent homes in Suwanee. Mother & Child was purchased by the city and displayed in front of City Hall. Amne was purchased by Advance Auto Parts and placed at its new Suwanee location. And Sunset was purchased by the Rohloff family and donated to the city as a family memorial. It is on permanent display at Sims Lake Park.

All funds used in SculpTour come from private fund-raising initiatives by the city.

The complete RFP is available on the city website.

-- What do you think about SculpTour extending to a 22-month run? Do you like the current exhibits? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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