Valpo's Central Park Plaza to become poster child

2013-02-13T19:44:00Z 2013-02-13T20:11:09Z Valpo's Central Park Plaza to become poster childBy Phil Wieland phil.wieland@nwi.com, (219) 548-4352 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | The downtown Central Park Plaza will become a promotional South Shore commuter rail line poster child, but the city might have to wait until next year to get it done.

At Wednesday's Redevelopment Commission meeting, member Laura Campbell said the commission's art advisory committee selected artist John Rush to do the poster. The committee hoped to have the poster ready by September to give out to visiting VIPs, display appropriately around the city or provide to businesses for sale.

The Redevelopment Commission is financing the poster, which will show the park in a spring/summer setting.

However, Rush is up for commissions for two major paintings for others that would keep him occupied for several months. Campbell said the committee is determined that Rush will do the poster and is willing to wait until next year, if necessary. It will be known in March if he will get one or both of the other commissions.

In the meantime, the art advisory committee will be selecting the next round of metal sculptures for the art walk on Cumberland Drive and Cumberland Crossing Drive. The city will be first Midwest community to choose from the items offered by the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, rather than last, as it was last year.

The committee will make its selections March 11, but the new pieces won't be brought in for display until May or June. The existing 15 pieces will be moved to other communities, put back on display at MSI or sold. The city is getting 16 pieces for a total cost of about $21,000 from the Redevelopment Commission, an increase of $3,000 over last year.

Campbell also told the commission the committee is getting bids for a decorative clock to be placed at the southeast corner of Lincolnway and Campbell Street. The city has a grant to get the clock for its transit-oriented district next to the ChicaGo Dash express commuter bus station.

Once the bids are received, the purchase will have to be approved by the city's Board of Public Works and Safety. Campbell said the committee hopes to have the clock installed this year.

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