Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk, new software, to aspect nationwide artists

Many years immediately after big figures of fish and frogs dotted sites all through Erie, a new general public artwork project is on its way: a downtown sculpture walk that will characteristic various is effective by countrywide artists.

The Erie Downtown Improvement Corp. and Erie Arts & Culture are partnering to bring in the sculptures for installations starting in June and working via August 2023. 

Even though reminiscent of the area general public sculpture initiatives of the past — the GoFish job in 2001 and the LeapFrog challenge in 2004 —the downtown Erie Sculpture Wander will be unique.

Patrick Fisher, left, executive director of Erie Arts & Culture, and John Persinger, CEO of the Erie Downtown Development Corp., are shown Thursday outside the Erie Art Museum on State Street in Erie. The two are working on a sculpture walk for downtown Erie. Shown in the foreground is "Eternal Vigilance," a permanent sculpture and local landmark made in 1978 by Erie artist John Silk Deckard.

The artists will be countrywide in scope — nevertheless nearby artists are also eligible — and just about every sculpture will be of a different concept, unlike the fishes and frogs. They were all of the exact same prototype, created by neighborhood artist David Seitzinger, but featured diverse hues and decorations.

The Erie Sculpture Stroll will display as many as 15 sculptures. They will be clustered in a six-block region downtown, including along Condition Road north of Perry Sq., and along the bayfront to greatly enhance the locations in which people today stroll. Erie Arts & Lifestyle on Tuesday printed requests for proposals for artists interested in making use of to be element of the task.