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CROWN POINT — Now is your last chance to take a selfie with Crown Point's famous seasonal statues.

They're scheduled to be shipped away Thursday. 

The giant tooth sculpture, however, will remain on site at the Sportsplex through the end of February, city officials said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what snow looks like on top of the giant tooth," Crown Point Councilwoman Carol Drasga said. "It might look like a mountain. You might have a mountain range in Crown Point."

This year marked the third consecutive year the city teamed up with Seward Johnson Atelier Inc. for the statue displays, largely throughout downtown Crown Point.

In addition to the 20-foot cast aluminum tooth, 12 life-size sculptures arrived in May to showcase the city's annual public art project.

The works by sculptor Seward Johnson represent people doing common, everyday activities and include a boy and girl sharing ice cream, a man playing a guitar, a worker who spilled paint holding a ladder, a photographer and a woman heading to a picnic.

The redevelopment commission last year endorsed continuing the sculpture program for another two years. The cost is shared with sponsors of the bronze-colorized sculptures.

"It's been a great project," said Drasga, who spearheads the project as a member of the Art in Point Project committee. "Once again we want to thank all of our sponsors. And we really hope all of our residents and visitors enjoyed it. We thought it brought great energy to the downtown." 

A new set of statues are planned for the spring.

"We have very little cost into it," Mayor David Uran said. "The business community supports the sculptures and adopts them as their own during the six-month period. It worked out well."

Dan Rohaley, who sits on the town's Plan Commission and Historic Preservation Committee, said the project attracts a wide spectrum of people to the city.


Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.