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Decatur Sculpture Tour announces People's Choice, other award winners

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 6:45 am

“Guardian,” a dragon made of dining silverware, won the People's Choice Award in the Decatur Sculpture Tour.

The Sculpture Tour committee announced that award and four other awards Thursday.

All award-winning sculptures stand at locations along 2nd Street in downtown Decatur. The tour, which continues through May 31, includes 23 sculptures on 2nd and Monroe streets in downtown Decatur and additional sculptures at Adams Memorial Hospital.

“Guardian” was created by Gary Hovey of New Knoxville, Ohio. It stands in front of the Old 27 Ice Cream Shop at 168 S. 2nd St.

The People's Choice Award was based on nominations submitted to the sculpture tour committee from June through September, the committee said in a news release.

Hovey was one of two double award winners. The other award winners and the sculptures' locations are:

Decatur Sculpture Tour Committee Award:  “Stealthy Heron,” by Gary Hovey, in the front window of Sunshine Uniques, 121 N. 2nd St.

Decatur Mayor's Award: “Bald and Beautiful,” by Greg Mendez of Fort Wayne, in front of the Adams County Community Foundation, 102 N. 2nd St.

Platinum Award: “We're All Mad Here,” by artist Tiffany Vassil and Greg Mendez, both of Fort Wayne, in front of Burry, Herman, Miller & Brown law firm, 113 N. 2nd St.

Inspiration Award: “Family Time on the Sofa,” by Craig Snyder of Minneapolis Minn., at the corner of 2nd Street and Jefferson St.

Winning artists will receive small monetary awards in addition to recognition for their work, the news release said. All sculptures on the tour are for sale but must remain on display through May 2014.

The Decatur Sculpture Tour was created to “inspire, soothe, provoke, connect and involve the public through art,” the tour committee said.

Tour maps and a list of participating artists and sponsors are available year-round at the Adams Public Library, 128 S. 3rd St., and in two specially marked display cases downtown.

Guided tours can be arranged through the Arts Council and the Adams Public Library and North Adams Arts Council, 124 E. Monroe St. More information is available at www.DecaturSculptureTour.com.