Sculptures to be displayed in downtown Mason City as part of River City Sculptures on Parade

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MASON CITY, Iowa — Officials plan to install 26 new sculptures on Tuesday in downtown Mason City as part of a popular arts program that displays the pieces for a year.

The event will mark the third year of River City Sculptures on Parade, The Mason City Globe Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/1dCPie5 ).

The new sculptures will bring the total number along the route to 40, said Robin Anderson with River City Sculptures on Parade. The themes of the sculptures vary.

An artists' reception will be held Monday evening at the MacNider Art Museum, where attendees will get a chance to meet the artists and learn more about their work.

Anderson said his organization wants to collect enough works so that viewers can always see the next piece of work along the sculpture walk.

"This will enable people to enjoy the route without the necessity of a map, and they will be able to start their walk at any point along the way," Anderson said.

The nonprofit group also wants to increase the number of permanent pieces along the walk to reduce the number of sculptures that have to be changed out every year.

"This will keep the sculpture walk fresh but will reduce the need to find so many pedestal sponsors, at $1,000 each, to cover our expenses," Anderson said. "It has been relatively easy to find sponsors up to this point, but we anticipate it will become increasingly difficult as new and different opportunities are available to benefactors."


Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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