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Main Street art models on web for comment

Berry Bate's model of a fountain on Main Street can be seen at City Hall. Berry Bate's model of a fountain on Main Street can be seen at City Hall.

Models of the proposed public art pieces at two prominent Main Street corners are now on the city's website for the public's viewing and comment.

The Hendersonville City Council authorized two public art pieces as part of the city's $1.4 million makeover of the 500 and 600 blocks of Main Street, the third and final streetscape project the city has done. One is a fountain at the First Citizens plaza at Sixth and Main (budgeted at $70,000) and the other a gateway piece in the Umi parking lot at the northwest corner of Seventh and Main ($40,000).
The City Council last week delayed a decision on the fountain and gateway projects, saying it needed more time. Council members were in favor of putting images of the models on line and receiving comments but stopped short of setting a public hearing for comment.

The public can also see the three models and a sketch on the third floor of City Hall, where they are on display in a conference room.
Main Street director Lew Holloway said he expected council would want to see comments about the art work and talk about the next step before choosing the artists. It's possible the artists would come speak to the council as well, he said.
The Sixth and Main fountain finalists are Berry Bate of Asheville and Wayne Trapp of Boone. The Seventh and Main gateway finalists are Phil Proctor of Atlanta and Bruce White of Dekalb, Ill.