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Batavia invites ideas for  final two bridge sculptures

Updated: February 28, 2013 6:54AM

BATAVIA — The city is inviting artists to submit proposals for the last two bridge sculptures to grace the William J. Donovan Bridge.

The city is calling for proposals for the third and fourth sculpture design competitions simultaneously to speed up the completion of the public art project along the downtown bridge.

After the first “nature” theme sculpture was installed, the City Council decided to postpone the project 18-months in response to the economic downturn.

“Because of the economy we decided to go slowly on this,” Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said.

The reconstruction of the 1911 Donovan Bridge, also known as the Wilson Street Bridge, was completed in 2008 with four sculpture pedestals overlooking the Fox River in the heart of the downtown.

The first sculpture, titled “Nature: Sounds of Harmony,” created by sculptor Kai Schulte of Sugar Grove, was installed in April 2009. The second “history” theme sculpture was awarded to artists Oscar Leon and Jessica LoPresti last year and is in fabrication.

The last two sculptures will have the themes “science” and “art.”

As in the other competitions, the commission for each installed sculpture will be $30,000.

According to the city, the sculptures must be able to withstand severe outdoor winter weather including sub-zero temperatures, intense heat and sunlight, high humidity, and intermittent high winds across the bridge.

The city requires that materials used should be low maintenance with excellent sustainability, at least 50 years, according to terms of the project.

Tthe City Council, in consultation with a panel of judges, will make a final award for the two sculptures.

Information, a timeline and an application are available on the city website at

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