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Ames residents invited to take part in public artwork undertaking

The Ames Public Artwork Fee and Parks and Recreation Division are inviting artists to raise a leg, or a paintbrush, to carry artwork to the Ames Canine Park.

The town is accepting design proposals to be painted on as much as 4 decommissioned hearth hydrants. The hydrants will likely be used as a part of a brand new artwork set up on the canine park. As many as 4 artists will likely be invited to color their chosen design on a hydrant.

Artists might apply as people or in teams. The chosen artists will paint the hydrants and obtain an honorarium of $100 and as much as an extra $50 reimbursement for paint provides bought for the undertaking. The designs will likely be featured on the entrance to the canine park for 2 years, when new designs will likely be solicited from the neighborhood.

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“We’re so excited to maneuver ahead with such a enjoyable, whimsical undertaking,” mentioned Ames Public Artwork Fee previous chair Angie DeWaard. “It’s so enjoyable to reuse these scrapped hydrants in an entirely authentic and intelligent method. I can think about the social media posts and selfies will likely be distinctive.”

Full program particulars may be discovered at Artists of all ages are welcome to use by July 31. Accomplished entry varieties or questions may be despatched to

The Ames Canine Park, situated at 605 Billy Sunday Street, is a 10-acre metropolis facility with a fenced space and canine strolling paths. Canine with a present rabies vaccination and canine park allow are allowed on the web site. The park is open from 6 a.m. to sundown.

The Public Artwork Fee establishes public artwork philosophy, develops a public artwork plan for the town, screens the general public artwork funds and recommends funding allocations for public artwork inside the metropolis and amenities, develops tips for choosing paintings, seeks non-public and governmental funding for public artwork, and develops academic, promotional initiatives for public arts programming.

The Metropolis of Ames maintains 251 miles of water mains and three,005 hearth hydrants. The Public Works Utility Upkeep Division conducts annual testing and upkeep of fireplace hydrants and repairs or replaces broken hydrants as wanted.

Teresa Kay Albertson covers Ames and the Des Moines’ southern suburbs for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register. Attain her at or 515-419-6098.

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