Finalists chosen for Duluth gateway art

DULUTH -- City leaders have chosen three finalists to produce a piece of public art for Duluth.

A group of residents who are part of the Gateway Art Project Committee will choose from Douwe Blumberg of De Mossville, Ky., Michael Dillon of Milton and Koryn Rolstad of Seattle for the art to be installed in the city roundabout at the intersections of West Lawrenceville Street, McClure Bridge Road and Irvindale Road.

Mayor Nancy Harris, who put together the committee a year ago, announced the finalists, who were among a group of 18 semifinalists chosen from 85 letters of intent received from artists across the country.

The trio will be given an honorarium to produce a mock up or model of their concept and will be interviewed in February before the final decision is made.

The project is expected to become a significant icon to the city located in an area considered a gateway to downtown Duluth, a press release said. It is being funded through a $100,000 donation from AGCO Corporation, a global manufacturer of agricultural equipment headquartered in Duluth.