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Faces of the Fort Public Art Initiative
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Northeast Quadrant Public Art Initiative
The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission has been granted $50,000 from the Northeast Quadrant Investing in Neighborhoods Now Committee to install public art in the Northeast Quadrant of Fort Wayne.

A Selection Committee was appointed by the Public Art Commission to oversee the project in September 2021. After issuing and evaluating responses from a survey of northeast quadrant residents in early 2022, the Committee recommended that funds be dedicated to the development of a public art sculpture in Lakeside and Shoaff Parks.

A Request for Proposals was sent to local and regional artists in late June 2022.   The artist’s proposal recommended by the Selection Committee and approved by the Public Art Commission and the Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners for the project is by Jim Merz.  Learn more about the artist at https://jimmerz.com/.

The sculptures will be installed in spring 2023.

Shoaff Park Sculpture Rendering

Shoaff Park sculpture

Lakeside Park Sculpture Rendering

Lakeside Park sculpture

Five Point Spin - Five Points Roundabout Sculpture
This project includes the installation of a sculpture in the center of the newly constructed roundabout at Goshen and Sherman Roads in northwest Fort Wayne. The project is funded by Fort Wayne Public Works and Northwest Quadrant Investing in Neighborhoods Now Funds dedicated by the Northwest Area Partnership.

At the request of the City of Fort Wayne Public Works Department, the Public Art Commission formed a selection committee. After reviewing several submissions, the committee recommended and the Public Art Commission approved Susan Zoccola’s Five Point Spin sculpture.  Learn more about Susan Zoccola at https://susanzoccola.com/.

The sculpture was installed in late September 2022.   The project also includes lighting and landscape elements which will be installed in Spring 2023.

Sculpture Installation, September 2022

installation in process

Installed view toward North cropped for web

 Images of Five Point Spin Fabrication

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Martin Luther King Jr. Public Monument
On February 4, 2020, Fort Wayne City Council passed a resolution sponsored by Councilpersons Chambers and Jehl initiating a process for the creation of a public display commemorating the words and visit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Fort Wayne in 1963. City Council recognizes the social value of memorializing Dr. King’s dream of racial equality and harmony and celebrating the words he spoke at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, now the USF Performing Arts Center. Dr. King visited Fort Wayne on June 5, 1963 on his journey to Washington, D.C. where he would make the historic “I Have a Dream” speech just two months later.

At the direction of City Council, the Public Art Commission created a selection committee and issued a Request for Qualifications in February 2021. Upon review of a number of submissions, the selection Committee invited three qualified respondents to submit a proposal. In August 2021, the Selection Committee recommended a proposal called Pillars of Hope and Justice submitted by Shane Albritton and Norman Lee of RE:site Studio for Public Art Commission approval. The Public Art Commission approved the Selection Committee’s recommendation. Learn more about the artists at  https://www.resite-studio.com/.

Pillars of Hope and Justice commemorates the historic visit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Fort Wayne in June 1963, where he shared his vision of nonviolent resistance. The monument features six pillars set in a circular configuration around a stone or concrete plaza. Each pillar will evoke both ancient architectural pillars and growing reeds of papyrus that emerge from the ground and bend outwards at the top. The monument will be placed at the northwest corner of West Main Street and Ewing Street.

The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission hosted an artist talk regarding the Pillars of Hope and Justice Monument in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, June 9, 2022. The talk featured one of the artists, Shane Allbritton of RE:site, along with team member Caitlin Dashiell. The RE:site team also shared inspiration for the design and information on fabrication. To see a narrated version of this presentation, click on this LINK.

The project kicked off in January 2022 and will be completed in May 2023. The monument will be dedicated as part of a planned commemoration of the 60th anniversary Dr. King’s visit on June 5, 2023. The project is funded by City of Fort Wayne Community Development and Legacy Funds.

PerspectiveView Main and Ewing