committee secures funds to install Gateway Project sculpture at Sixth and Western | News

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Funds have been fully secured for the planned art project on Sixth Avenue and Western Road in Stillwater.

A search committee was formed in 2021 to seek sculptors who would create a public art display in one of Stillwater’s hospitality areas. The initiative was called the Gateway Project.

This committee worked alongside the Town of Stillwater, the Stillwater Arts and Humanities Council and more than 1,200 resident voters to choose the sculpture, Intertwined, designed by local artist Morgan Robinson.

In April, the committee announced that funding for the project was now complete.

“$55,000 was raised from private donors and foundations,” said committee member Kristine Waits. “Donations big and small proved that this was something the people of Stillwater wanted to happen.”

According to a statement from the city of Stillwater, “Current signage will be removed, the area will potentially be part of Oklahoma Department of Transportation upgrades in which Highway 51 will be redone and reconfigured, and the expected timeline for upgrades. level is 3 -5 years and part of the land can be used for a right turn lane.

“This sculpture is a tangible celebration of Stillwater,” Robinson said. “It’s the idea that no matter where we come from or where the future takes us, we’ll all be connected in the vibrant community of Stillwater.”

Intertwined, a 27-foot-long by 12-foot-tall structure, has a fall 2022 unveiling date.

“A lot of work will be done in the corner before the piece can be placed,” Waits said. “There is so much going on behind the scenes and so many people to be grateful for. Once construction starts, I hope the town gets as excited as I am.

The land on the northeast corner was donated to the town of Stillwater.

“It’s my favorite type of project,” said Becky Taylor, director of civic innovation for the town of Stillwater. “A project that started from a resident’s idea, incorporated a diverse group of decision makers, collaborated with different organizations in the community will result in a beautiful expression of unity at the corner of 6th and West »,

For more information about the project, visit www.ArtStillwater.us.

“This project has been such a joy,” Waits said. “Seeing our community come together under the Unity in Art umbrella has been inspiring and working with this team has been a dream.”

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