By this time next year, Promenade Park in Fort Wayne will have a new addition.
Thursday morning, officials announced whose sculpture would be featured at the entrance of the park. The winning artist: Linda Howard.
Her sculpture, Convergence, was selected by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department.
It was a decision the department didn’t take lightly, and according the the Park Department Landscape Architect Alec Johnson, neither did Linda.
“Linda actually drove it from Bradenton (Florida) to Fort Wayne in her car, and wanted to actually present the sculpture to us,“ said Johnson.
“She wanted to be able to share with us the reason why she landed on this design.”
It's a design that not only looks good, Linda explains, but one that also shares a deeper connection to the city.
“Well the three rivers, and the convergence of the three rivers, which is a historically important fact for the area.”
Though it’s small now, when completed the sculpture will measure 19 feet high and 28 feet wide... standing as a true anchor on the corner of Superior and Harrison Street in downtown.
For those worried about a big long construction process, you’ll be relieved to hear that won’t be happening in Fort Wayne, but instead in Florida.
“It’s shipped here in three trucks, unloaded, and installed in one day.” said Howard.
That day, right now, is set for sometime in June of 2018.
“We really hope that it becomes synonymous with Promenade Park.”
The Waterfield Foundation donated $100 thousand through the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. for the construction of the project. That donation was combined with a 50% match from Lilly Endowment, which brought funding to a total of $150-thousand.