Sculpture latest example of public art in downtown Fort Wayne

"Metaform" is downtown Fort Wayne's newest sculpture. (News-Sentinel.com photo by Kevin Leininger)

Mayor Tom Henry, local artists and others cut the ribbon on downtown Fort Wayne’s latest piece of artwork: the sculpture and mural located in the 400 block of East Columbia Street.

The sculpture was created by Cary Shafer and includes large, metal three-dimensional blocks painted to complement the 300-foot mural painted last summer by Jerrod and Kara Tobias. Shafer and Jerrod Tobias worked together to design the mural and sculpture, which they named “Metaform.” The gateway improvements included the painting and lighting of the railroad elevation.

“We continue to hear from residents that public art is something they appreciate and want to see more of,” Henry said in a statement. “Public art instills pride in residents and supports economic development, tourism and neighborhood revitalization.

Jerrod Tobias said the project reassures people that if they “take the time to energize and organize, there’s nothing we can’t achieve in our community.”

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