Donovan Park creates sculpture garden and installs four sculptures on Tuesday
PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – On Tuesday morning, four new sculptures were erected at Donovan Park in Peoria to blend art with nature.
The idea for a sculpture garden started in 2019, but plans have been disrupted by the pandemic. But in February, the first sculpture was installed. The project is privately funded through the fundraising efforts of a committee with the Peoria Park District. From Tuesday, the Donovan Sculpture Garden has become a reality.
“Today we installed four pieces, two of which are abstract, two of them figures, all very interesting, all done by local artists,” said David Pittman, volunteer coordinator for Donovan Sculpture Garden. “It is our intention here at the sculpture garden to exclusively use local artists.”
The first sculpture to be assembled was that of sculpture professor and artist Bradley, Fisher Stolz. His installation is called “Nike”.
“It’s kind of a modern take on the winged goddess of victory and it seems really appropriate to use this piece to start the sculpture garden because I think it’s a big victory for our community,” he said. Stolz said.
Artist Jaci Willis ensured that her abstract piece was positioned precisely with sun and shade to complement the stained glass elements of the art.
“It’s already a great community, but I’ve found that every city I’ve placed just seems to add some positive feelings, and we all need that right now, don’t we? Said Willis.
Pittman said the sculptures will be on a two-year rotation.
Peoria artist Preston Jackson will be the sixth sculpture to go up, but the installment date is yet to be determined.
More information, as well as how to donate to the sculpture garden, can be found here.