Community raises $230,000 for unique sculpture

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The New Bloom Committee, community leaders, Mayor Tom Henry, and the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department today broke ground for the New Bloom landmark sculpture that will be located in Robert E. Meyers Park at Parkview Field.

The unique display, which demonstrates a commitment to the arts, will be a 24-foot tall, stylized iris with free-standing leaves that change color with reflected light. The sculpture will be made of stainless steel with a rotating color LED lighting loop.

Local artist Dianna Thornhill Miller is constructing the sculpture and working with the Parks & Recreation Department to plan the garden that will surround the artwork.

New Bloom sculpture highlights:
*Civic gathering place
*Catalyst for community activity
*Visual tribute to creativity
*Complements quality of life in Fort Wayne with an emphasis on our parks and flower gardens
*Places value on public art

Supporters of the arts and the New Bloom Committee led by Dorothy Kittaka and Bobbie Weikle worked together to raise $230,000 in private funds for the project. The City of Fort Wayne will contribute $70,000 in CEDIT funds for the art display.

A New Bloom inaugural celebration will take place on April 26, 2014 in Meyers Park at Parkview Field. Musicians and dancers from local arts groups will participate in the ceremony to celebrate the completion of the sculpture. In addition, there will be arts activities, and the creative talents of local children and adults will be featured.