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Letter to the editor: New Bloom vibrant addition to city

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 9:17 am

By now many people have noticed New Bloom, the large public sculpture that stands just inside the Jefferson Street entrance to Harrison Square/Parkview Field, across the street from the Grand Wayne Center. During the day this 25-foot-tall, stainless steel, stylized iris flower glistens in the sun. At night it glows gloriously, illuminated by LED lights programmed to change colors in specific ways with the passing seasons and in celebration of a range of special days throughout the year.

On April 26, after years of preparation and planning, New Bloom was dedicated where it stands at the civic center of Fort Wayne. Created by local/international artist Dianna Thornhill Miller and given as a gift to the city by the New Bloom Committee, it is intended to symbolize the flowering of creativity and our continuing commitment to the arts and culture in our city. It also reminds us of the dynamic, forward-looking growth in our community and the renaissance currently blossoming in the downtown area.

The New Bloom Committee is extremely grateful to the grass roots generosity of so many individual donors and over a dozen foundations, businesses and the city of Fort Wayne, whose love for the arts in our city made New Bloom a reality. We thank you for the generous support that has made New Bloom the first landmark public sculpture representing and celebrating the arts in our city.

Because the arts should be a part of our everyday lives and have always been present in our public spaces, it is only fitting that New Bloom stands at the heart of our city, near the public library and the convention center and next to our beautiful new baseball stadium. Just as sports have trophies for excellence, we now have a permanent icon representing the value our community places on creativity and innovation. We believe that the arts in some form are a vital part of every person’s life and every child’s education. Our hope is that New Bloom will make people stop, wonder and see things differently — that it will inspire the imagination of the children, who are our cultural future.

We also hope that New Bloom will become a destination downtown — a gathering place and catalyst for civic activities in the amphitheater next to it. Please tell your friends to meet you at New Bloom in a vibrant center of our city, where all of us in Fort Wayne today can truly say,

“We’re blooming!”

Dorothy Kittaka, chair

New Bloom Committee