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Community sculpture being created in Bloomfield

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Bloomfield Town Council granted the Bloomfield- Eastern Greene Public Library the ability to use a portion of the park for the creation of a community sculpture.

Through a grant with the Greene County Foundation, the library is working with Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum to create a Bloomfield-oriented sculpture.

Gerry Masse, founder of Sculpture Trails, will be bringing its traveling foundry to Bloomfield July 4 to create the Community Art Wall.

Local artist Wyatt LeGrand is designing the community- oriented sculpture, according to Friend of the Library Judy Branstetter.

She said LeGrand's sketch included the gazebo in the park, the viaduct, covered bridge and an apple, to represent the Apple Festival.

"Anybody in the community can help carve from 9 (a.m.) to 5 (p.m.)," Branstetter said.

The sand scratch blocks will require the help of at least 100 people to build the mold for the aluminum pour.

The pour will take place at roughly 5 p.m., and once the sculpture is complete it will be hung on the library.

"We already have a sculpture on loan (from) Sculpture Trails, and every so often it is switched out," Branstetter said, noting the library and facility have long cooperated.

Branstetter also announced offenders from the correctional facility will be filling sandbags today for the upcoming Art Festival.

The Art Festival will be in the park Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with artist vendors, artistic demonstrations, art activities for all ages and food vendors.

In other business, the council voted to make an amendment to their current blighted property ordinance in order to simplify the process of keeping the town looking nice.

The new ordinance will state after the town notifies a landowner of one violation of overgrown grass and the town has to mow it, then it can continue to thereafter for a calendar year without having to try to track down the owner every time the lawn grows taller than specified in the ordinance.

Town Attorney Luke Rudisell said he will bring the amendment to the July meeting for approval.

Council member Doug Frye noted he appreciated the efforts of Jerry Bower and the Lions Club for their upkeep of the Van Slack Cemetery, located behind Subway in Bloomfield.

"That's a part of Bloomfield's history," Frye stressed.

The volunteers have been mowing the cemetery and have tried to fix some of the broken tombstones.

"I'm sure they would appreciate help from anyone," Frye added.

The July Bloomfield Town Council meeting will be at 6 p.m Tuesday, July 3 in the fire station.



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