Duluth looking for roundabout art

DULUTH -- The city of Duluth is looking for an artist to design work for its roundabout at the intersections of West Lawrenceville Street, and Mclure Bridge and Irvindale roads.

Led by the Gateway Art Project Committee and Mayor Nancy Harris, those involved are looking for someone who can create something that welcomes residents and non-residents alike to the city.

The GAPC was formed in January at the direction of Harris to plan and implement the selection process for choosing a piece or pieces, of public art to be installed in the center of the roundabout.

It's the first of many public art pieces the city hopes to purchase to enhance the beauty and culture of downtown Duluth and surrounding areas.

AGCO Corp., a global manufacturer of agricultural equipment, has offered a donation for the project.

"It is important to AGCO to be good citizens in the communities where we and our customers operate. We are proud to support the city that has been our home for almost 20 years," said Martin Richenhagen, chairman, president and CEO of AGCO.

Mayor Nancy Harris said the partnership between AGCO and the city of Duluth "is an example of an involved business stepping up to support the community. We appreciate the fact that AGCO understands the importance of providing citizens with public art that not only enhances the aesthetic value of Duluth, but becomes a lasting statement that AGCO is a business that supports economic vitality in our community."

For more information about the public art project, visit www.duluthga.net/community/publicart.