Artist selected for Duluth roundabout piece

DULUTH -- After turning down the ideas of 84 artists across the country, officials with the city of Duluth have settled on someone they consider worthy to create a prominent icon for the municipality.

City officials announced this week that Michael Dillon of Milton has been selected to build a piece of permanent art at the newly-constructed roundabout at the intersections of W. Lawrenceville Street, McClure Bridge Road and Irvindale Road: a location that Mayor Nancy Harris said is a gateway into the city.

"We are so excited about this gateway art piece and so thankful to AGCO for making this possible," Harris said.

AGCO donated funding for the project. A global manufacturer of agricultural equipment, AGCO has corporate headquarters in Duluth. The business distributes products to more than 140 countries worldwide and is a publicly traded company with additional locations in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia Pacific.

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

Dillon is the owner of Dillon Forge, an artist/blacksmith studio in Milton. He has been creating artwork for 20 years, with the goal to "build a relationship with each client/community he works with and to bring forth a collaborative vision for a highly crafted work of art."

The Gateway Art Project Committee was formed in January 2012 to plan and implement the process of selecting public art in the center of the roundabout.

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