Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW) is excited to coordinate the Bison-tennial Public Art Project. This legacy project will help celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday by decorating and displaying 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison with an end goal of at least one – if not a herd – of bison on display in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The bison are expected to be complete around Memorial Day of 2016, with appearances in the local community and along the Bicentennial Torch Relay route leading up to Indiana’s Bicentennial Statehood Day on December 11, 2016.
United Way of DeKalb County has purchased a bison to represent all of DeKalb County. A call-out for artists was held and the Auburn Atrium Artists submitted the winning proposal. The group of artists will work on painting the bison in the common area of the retail marketplace for the community to see its progress. The Auburn Atrium Artists include: Shellie Bellinger, Pat Delagrange, Rebecca Justice-Schaab, Sandy Kessler, Nina Bennett, and Toni McAlhany. The life-size, white fiberglass bison was delivered in February 2016 to the Auburn Atrium Marketplace at, 106 W. 6th St., Auburn. The artists plan to paint the bison with a motif of cars, trains, airplanes, crops, farm equipment, flowers, the courthouse facade, and a tree with a child reading beneath it to depict the theme, "DeKalb County Transportation Hub."
Plans for the Bison will include traveling throughout the county to different fairs, festivals, parades, and local businesses. The DeKalb County bison will find a permanent home at the end of 2016.
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